Recently a news was in flashing all the media channels and newspapers showing the arrest of an IAS officer for taking bribe.The name of the officer was Dr. Jitendra Gupta IAS ,SDM of Mohaniya in Bhabua district Bihar .Now the mist has cleared , justice has prevailed with the help of judiciary .
The Supreme Court has upheld the Patna High Court order quashing the FIR against an IAS officer on charges of corruption. The Supreme Court was convinced that a false case was “framed” against the official who was gunning against the truck mafia-police nexus in the State.
The officer in question, Dr Jitendra Gupta, was the sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Mohaniya in Bhabua district of Bihar. After realising the magnitude of nuisance created by this mafia-police nexus, and as per direction of Bihar Government, this young officer had taken stern action against the wrong doers.
But to get him out of the way, an “Entry Mafia” lodged a vigilance complaint alleging that the officer seized four trucks on July 3, 2016, at 7am in Mohaniya and later demanded bribe through his driver to release the trucks. The vigilance wing raided the house of Dr Gupta on July 12 last year from where nothing was admittedly recovered and thereafter in the midnight he was arrested based on the statement of co-accused Sanjay Tiwari who was allegedly caught red handed by vigilance police.
Consequently, an FIR was lodged against Gupta who spent about a month in jail. The integrity of Gupta, who also holds a medical degree, was vouched for by the IAS Officers Association of Bihar. The Association also submitted memorandum to the Governor and Chief Minister of Bihar.
The Patna High Court on October 28, 2016, quashed the FIR against the 2013 batch IAS after it pointed out glitches in the investigation with the worst being that on July 3, 2016, the truck in question was not parked at the spot as claimed by the prosecution. It was proved by Gupta through the documental evidence that trucks were in Jharkhand almost 200 Km away from the alleged place of occurrence on that day.
Interestingly, the prosecution accepted this and then attempted a cover-up by filing a counter affidavit contrary to affirmation made by truckers in their affidavit on oath. Also, all the three essential components of demand, acceptance and recovery were missing in the prosecution’s case as far Gupta was concerned. The court made an observation that nobody made even a feeble attempt to confirm whether the money was demanded at Gupta’s behest.
The money was allegedly taken by the officer’s driver Sanjay Tiwari with no evidence to show that the said amount (Rs80,000) was collected at the officer’s behest and that a meeting ever happened between the two. The court held that the prosecution case about Sanjay confessing to police that the bribe was meant for Gupta can’t be relied upon as evidence to fasten guilt on co-accused. The HC did not buy the prosecution theory to hold Gupta guilty merely on the basis of statement of a co-accused who was in police custody and quashed the FIR.
The Bihar Government contested the HC order in the SC seeking that FIR could not be quashed as investigation was still pending. The Bench of Justices Adarsh K Goel and UU Lalit dismissed Bihar’s plea and stated that the officer was framed for targeting the overloaded trucks plying on NH flouting rules. “We do not see any merit in this special leave petition which is hereby dismissed,” said the SC Bench.
Reacting to the order vindicating the stand of Gupta, Treasurer of IAS Officers Association (Bihar Branch) Dipak Kumar Singh, said, “Right from day one, there was no direct evidence against Gupta. It was clear that he was framed. Justice has finally been done to Gupta and he has the full support of the Association.”
Dr.Gupta is a medical postgraduate from Delhi and has been a very helpful person since his college times ,says Dr Sunil the colleague in medical profession .
Dr.Jitendra Guptas work –
Gupta has maintained an exemplary record of service after he became a civil servant.
His work includes a tree plantation programme in Mohania, completion of a power transmission line in Kundra, a massive anti-encroachment drive, organising enormous campaigns for “Save the Girl Child”, “Clean Indian Mission” and “Say No to Alcohol”.
Apart from these, he also undertook the successful completion of pending development work such as Vehicular Under Pass (VUP) on NH2 and organising a grand Republic Day celebration in Mohania in 2016.
Finally ,the cleaner of the system(Dr.Jitendra Gupta) is again taking up the broom to clear the dust of corruption and mafia .LONG LIVE TRUTH AND JUSTICE !