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Former cop’s bail hearing today

Ranchi, Jan. 22: Former deputy inspector-general (DIG) of unified Bihar Ramchandra Khan, who was arrested from Patna yesterday in connection with a three-decade-old uniform purchase scam being probed by the CBI, was today remanded to one-day judicial custody. His bail petition will be taken up tomorrow.

“Khan was produced at the court of special CBI judge Mohan Choubey. His counsel moved a bail petition after which the judge sent him to judicial custody for a day. He was sent to Birsa Munda Central Jail,” said CBI’s deputy superintendent of police A.K Jha.

The same CBI court on June 20 last year had issued arrest warrants against Khan and seven others after they failed to appear before it despite several notices and summons, thereby delaying trial in the case dating back to 1983-85.

Khan was posted as the additional inspector-general (budget) when the financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 42 lakh were allegedly committed for purchase of uniforms for Bihar Military Police (BMP).

The others against whom warrants were issued are former AIG (budget) R.H. Das, former sergeant Ramanuj Sharma, former sergeant major Jaydev Sen, former sergeant officer Yogdhar Jha, former BMP commandant Rajendra Sharma, and Ragvendra Singh and Kailash Agrawal, both owners of JKB Industry, which used to supply uniforms and other items to police shops.

Former SPs O.T. Minz and Anil Kumar and former DSP Ajit Dutta, who were also named in the scam, passed away.

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. The suppliers were not approved by the central purchase committee.

CBI registered an FIR in the financial bungling in October, 1986, but the charges were framed in 2007.

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