File picture of senior IAS officer CK Anil
Patna, March 19: Sleuths of the special investigation team (SIT) probing the question paper leak scam left for Delhi today in search of senior IAS officer C.K. Anil, who is wanted for interrogation.
SIT sources said the team had been tipped off that Anil, a 1991-batch IAS officer who the cops want to quiz for the leak of question papers of a clerical grade Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) exam, was "hiding" in Delhi.
"He has remained incommunicado since his name figured on the list of the people who could be quizzed by the SIT headed by Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj," a senior police officer said.
The SIT decided to head for Delhi after repeated attempts to contact Anil proved futile, the officer added.
Police suspect Anil "facilitated" the escape of his senior, BSSC chairman Sudhir Kumar, whose arrest has triggered a face-off between the bureaucracy and the government.
The SIT, it is learnt, would obtain a proclamation notice - a precursor to property attachment if the person remains absconding - from the special vigilance court if Anil fails to depose within two weeks. The cops have already procured an arrest warrant against him.
Last week, the SIT had issued notice to Anil asking him to depose before SSP Maharaaj. The notice period lapsed on Thursday, said an investigating officer.
The officer said at least three notices had been issued to Anil, asking him to explain before the SIT his conduct during the exams for the recruitment of 18,500 non-gazetted employees. A total of 3.5 lakh candidates had taken the exams that were cancelled after the scam came to light.
Maharaaj had earlier said that the SIT had gone to Anil's office twice and sent notices - by email as well as post - to his two residences in Patna.
Members of the SIT had also visited Anil's office both at the BSSC and the state planning board. Anil is an officer on special duty with the BSSC and an adviser to the state planning board. "The SIT has stepped up operations to trace the elusive officer," said a senior police officer.
Anil could not be reached for comment; his mobile phone was switched off.
Police also suspect two more senior IAS officers of being involved in the scam. Notices have also been sent to the duo, asking them to respond to the charges against them.
The SIT has so far arrested 33 persons, including Sudhir and BSSC secretary Parmeshwar Ram.