Court Attaches Government Offices Due to Non-Payment of Arrears

Office of Bihar Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar in Patna.

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Patna: In a major embarrassment to the Nitish government, a court in Patna on Friday ordered the attachment of the offices of state Chief Secretary and a few more offices for failing to pay Rs. 664.85 crore to a cooperative bank in a case pending for many years.

The case goes back to 2016 when a district judge had ordered the office of the Chief Secretary to pay Rs. 664.85 crore to the Multi State Cooperative Land Development Bank (MSCLDB), formerly known as Bihar Rajya Sahkari Bhumi Vikas Bank Samiti of Bihar and Jharkhand.

The state government had refused to pay the amount insisting the case was far from over despite a decree by a district judge.

The petitioner of the case MSCLDB claims the government owes this money for failing to meet its financial commitment since 1982. In the case, plaintiff had named Bihar Chief Secretary and Principal Secretaries of a number of other departments including Finance, Minor Irrigation, Agriculture, and Cooperative as the defendants.

Current Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar said he was looking into the case but had nothing more to add at this point.

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