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Court orders SP bribery probe

A special vigilance court on Thursday ordered an inquiry into the allegation of state vigilance investigation bureau’s superintendent of police (SP) Parvez Akhtar demanding bribe from the principal of a Vaishali-based college.

A vigilance court headed by Subodh Kumar Srivastava ordered the vigilance director-general, Pramod Kumar Thakur, to conduct an in-depth investigation into the charges against the SP concerned and submit a detailed report to the court by February 7.

Thakur said a deputy inspector-general (DIG)-rank officer would be assigned to inquire into the allegation against the SP. “I have not gone through the court directive, but it is obvious that a senior police officer above the rank of SP would be assigned the job,” he told The Telegraph.

The accused, SP Akhtar, had arrested a deputy superintendent of police-rank officer on corruption charges two years ago. Now, he is facing similar charges.

Thakur said Akhtar had conducted a probe into the alleged anomalies in awarding affiliation to about a dozen degree colleges in Muzaffarpur, Vaishali and Sitamarhi by the BR Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, in gross violation of the rules. “The SP had submitted his report to the court concerned,” he said.

Later, a complaint case was lodged in the special vigilance court by Raj Kishore Rai, the principal of Patepur (Vaishali)-based Jaimurat Rai Degree College, accusing the SP Akhtar of demanding Rs 2.5 lakh as bribe for giving him a clean chit in the investigation.

Rai alleged that the name of his college was included in the list of the “tainted institutions” by the SP when he refused to oblige him. The complaint case was filed on November 10, 2012. But the matter remained under wraps for over a year because there was no regular judge in the court.

The complaint alleged that Akhtar had asked the principal Rai to visit his Patna residence with the bribe money if he did not want his institution’s name to be dragged into controversy. “But I turned down the offer and decided to fight a legal battle,” Rai said, adding that a fair probe would unravel the truth. To drive home his point, he said the SP had visited his institution on January 17 last year with subordinates without any instruction from the court for the same.