Jharkhand Governor begins anti-corruption drive

On the direction of Governor MOH Farooq, the Vigilance Bureau has launched a major anti-corruption drive against top officials in Jharkhand.

Ranchi: On the direction of Governor M O H Farooq, the Vigilance Bureau will file an FIR against ex-chairman Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) Dilip Kumar Prasad and three of its ex-members on a series of charges, including `irregularities` in conducting 2007/8 examinations and `nepotism`, the official sources said Thursday.

Nineteen officials, who had been successful during that examination, have been withdrawn from their place of posting and asked to report to the personnel department
after the Bureau made out a prima facie report of `fraud` and `forgery` against them.

The department was asked to serve show cause notice to them, listing the charges against the officials.

Prashant Kumar Layek, who was set free by the Maoists in January when he was the Block Development Officer of Dalbhumgarh in Singhbhum, is among the ninteen officials, the sources said here.
Layek was released in a `swap deal` between the Maoists and the then Shibu Soren government.

The Governor ordered to set up a team and complete investigation into the charges within three months.
Jharkhand has been hit by corruption allegations, including the Madhu Koda scam, for the last several years.


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