Whistleblower bureaucrat Dr Jitendra Gupta who had taken the cudgels against transport mafia in Bihar has written to the Department of Personnel and Training to transfer him to another cadre citing safety concerns, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
The 2013-batch IAS officer of the Bihar cadre, who is currently posted as Officer on Special Duty in the department of Environment and Forest in Bihar, also filed a petition in the Supreme Court in which he stated that he faced “professional hostility for exposing corruption” and that he and his “family members are facing constant threat to their lives” in the State.
The young IAS officer’s fight against the transport mafia had landed him in jail. However, soon it was established that the bureaucrat was implicated in a fabricated case following which he was given a clean chit by both the Patna High Court and the Supreme Court.
In July 2016, Dr Gupta, who was posted as Sub Divisional Officer in Mohania, Bihar, was arrested in a fake bribery case “without any evidence” after he took up the cudgels against the transport mafia. Subsequently he was suspended and had to spend one month in jail.
In October 2016, the Patna High Court quashed the FIR after it was found to be fabricated and finally in February this year, the Supreme Court upheld the Patna High Court’s verdict and termed that the young bureaucrat was “framed” in the case.
The most unfortunate part of the entire incident, Dr Gupta tells Bureaucracy Today, was that the “vigilance police officers were party to that conspiracy. They misled the court, the Government, the media and the public. They violated the law with impunity. They fabricated the FIR to write things against me pre and post-facto as they were hand in gloves with the mafia.”