Accused DC In Bihar: JAC

IMPHAL, Mar 12: Claiming that former Ukhrul DC Pankaj Kumar Pal who was accused for involvement in the triple murder of SDO Thingnam Kishan, Y Token and A Rajen has been located in Bihar, JAC Against the Brutal Killing of Dr Th Kishan, Y Token and A Rajen has pleaded the Court for suitable directions in this regard.

Following the brutal murder of the then Kasom Khullen SDO and his two subordinate staff, the Govt of Manipur suspended the then Ukhrul DC Pankaj Kumar Pal on February 19, 2009.

The Government further instructed Pankaj Kumar not to leave Imphal headquarters without the permission of the Chief Secretary. After some time, the OC of Ukhrul police station where an FIR was lodged against PK Pal submitted that the IAS officer “could not be located”.

The JAC went on to ask if the IO of the case would take pains to record statement of Pankaj Kumar Pal now that he has been located at Bihar  as exposed in national news  following a scuffle between Pankaj Kumar and a lady Principal of a college.

Quoting a news item published in the Times News Network/TNN (March 11), the JAC said PK Pal now posted as DM of Gopalganj was slapped by a lady Principal of Mahendra Mahila College on March 10 for harassing and manhandling the Principal.

The incident caused a furor in the Bihar Assembly with Congress, RJD and CPM legislators demanding action against the DM for his alleged high-handedness.

Subsequently, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has been entrusted to probe into the incident.

This sudden and accidental exposure of the whereabouts of Pankaj Kumar Pal in national media has testified that the Government of Manipur exonerated the former DC of all charges against him and sent him on deputation to the Government of Bihar, the JAC alleged.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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