PATNA: In a curious climb-down, the IAS Officers’ Association has suddenly withdrawn its memorandum saying “it was inappropriately drafted”.
The Bihar chapter of the Association took this decision at its “extra-ordinary” general body meeting held on March 29. The meeting was convened to discuss the memorandum submitted to various authorities of the Bihar government earlier.
“It was felt that this memorandum was inappropriately drafted and it did not reflect the purport and intent of the members comprehensively. Therefore, it was felt that this memorandum needs to be reconsidered to correctly reflect the spirit and intent of the members. Accordingly, the memorandum is hereby withdrawn,” a Press release issued under the signature of Tripurari Sharan, vice-president, said on Friday.
The memorandum had been submitted to the Governor and various authorities at the end of the Association meeting held on February 26 in the background of the arrest of Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) chairman Sudhir Kumar, IAS, in the question paper leak scandal. The Association was demanding immediate release of the officer.
The IAS officers had also formed a human chain outside the Raj Bhawan, and announced not to take verbal orders from the government and accept post of accept the posts of chairman as well as controller of the BSSC, Bihar Joint Entrance Test, Technical Services Recruitment Board or any recruitment body to register their protest over the police action.
Around 125 IAS officials, several district magistrate and departmental secretaries attended the meeting to express their solidarity with the arrested colleague.
The memorandum withdrawal comes shortly after the state government issuing show-cause notices on them and the IAS official denying about having participated in human chain.