Excise Principal Secretary Removed; Subhani to Fill in Temporarily

Home Secretary Amir Subhani (file photo).

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Patna: A day after he asked for an extension in his unscheduled leave from his post, the Nitish government on Sunday removed Excise Principal Secretary K. K. Pathak and replaced him with Amir Subhani until a permanent replacement is found.

Outgoing Excise Principal Secretary K K Pathak (seen behind Nitish Kumar).Pathak, who was the chief architect of the 'draconian' prohibition laws in Bihar passed by the Nitish Kumar government last April, had gone on a sudden leave after police in Nalanda district arrested an Excise sub-inspector on charges of conspiring against a prominent Janata Dal – U leader who was nabbed under the new prohibition rules following the discovery of 168 bottles of alcohol from his home in Harnaut, the constituency of Nitish Kumar.

Caught in his own terse alcohol laws that provisions for immediate arrest of the person and his entire adult family living under the same roof along with seizing of the properties – a law touted by Nitish Kumar on a daily basis – the District Magistrate (DM) and the Superintendent of Police (SP) in Nalanda district, apparently at the behest of top JD-U leaders, arrested sub-inspector Dipak Kumar on charges of falsely implicating JD-U leader Indrajeet Sen by planting 168 bottles of alcohol at his home in Harnaut.

Disappointed by the abuse of the new prohibition law that led to the arrest of Dipak Kumar, Pathak went on an undeclared leave only later to inform the government to relieve him from his duties and replace him with someone else.

A senior government official on Sunday confirmed Pathak had been removed from his post and has been temporarily replaced by Amir Subhani, Principal Secretary (Home) and a strong Nitish loyalist.

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