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Plea to Centre on extort cop

The economic offences unit of the state police has sought permission from the Centre to initiate action against former Saran deputy inspector-general (DIG) Alok Kumar for allegedly demanding Rs 10 crore as extortion from a UP-based private liquor manufacturing company’s representative.

The investigating officer of the case sent a proposal to the state home department last week, seeking permission to prosecute the 1997 batch IPS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre posted in Bihar at present on inter-state deputation.

Sources in the home department said the proposal had been forwarded to the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) for necessary action.

“Once the prosecution sanction is granted by the MHA, the economic offences unit would submit a chargesheet against Kumar at the special vigilance court in Muzaffarpur. At the same time, it may move the court to obtain warrant of arrest against him,” said a senior officer associated with the case.

According to rules, investigating agencies are supposed to seek the Centre's nod for initiating action against officers of All India Service. Hence, prosecution sanction is mandatory for the economic offences unit to initiate action against Kumar, the officer said.

A non-FIR accused in a case lodged with the economic offences unit police station in Patna, Kumar was put under suspension on February 5 on the recommendation of the director-general of police Abhayanand. During suspension, Kumar was directed to remain attached to the office of the additional director-general of the Bihar Military Police. He has also been prohibited from leaving the state police headquarters.

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