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Uniform scam lands former cop behind bars

Patna, Jan. 21: A retired Bihar cadre IPS officer, Ramchandra Khan, was arrested today in connection with a three-decade-old uniform purchase scam being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Khan was later taken to Ranchi, where he was supposed to be produced before a CBI court. The special CBI court in Ranchi had issued a warrant of arrest against Khan in June last year.

Sources in the CBI said Khan had been evading arrest in the case. He was among the nine persons made accused in the Bihar Military Police uniform scam during 1983-85. Khan was posted as the additional inspector general (budget) when the uniforms were purchased.

Khan, along with the other accused, was accused of committing financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 42 lakh. The name of another IPS officer (now retired), Rajendra Sharma, also figured in the scam.

The accused officers have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The case was handed over to the CBI in 1986. However, the charges were framed in 2007.

The uniforms were purchased from the local market to meet the shortage arising from the central procurement system.

The purchases were made allegedly in violation of the norms at prices much above the approved rates and the suppliers were not approved by the central purchase committee.