Prohibition does not apply to ruling party bootleggers in Bihar?

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Liquor 1A block level president of Janata Dal (United) in Bihar made a senior IAS officer realised his limitations when it came to catching lay his hands on those drinking alcohol, which is prohibited.

Remarkably, the district administration of Nalanda has thrown its weight behind the accused block president, forcing a senior IAS officer, who has the responsibility to deal with Excise and Prohibition Department.

A team, led by an excise sub-inspector, Deepak Kumar Singh, arrested Chandradeep Kumar Sen alias Moti Singh, JD (U) president of Harnaut block in Nalanda district on August 30 following the seizure of seven cartons of country-made liquor from his house. His arrest has triggered protests by his supporters. 

Two days later, district magistrate, Thiyagarajan SM, and police superintendent, Kumar Ashish, found the accused person innocent and asked block development officer, Chandan Kumar, to lodge an FIR against the excise SI.  Both the officers in a joint statement gave a clean chit to the JD(U) leader, though KK Pathak, principal secretary, Excise and Prohibition department asked them not to do so. 

The DM and the SP found out the excise SI had connived with informer Sumarendra Singh to implicate JD(U) leader in a false case in order to settle scores with him. As per their findings,  the motive behind the SI and informer’s connivance was to avenge Sumarendra wife’s defeat by Chandradeep Sen’s wife by a mere 24 votes in the recently held panchayat polls.

Pathak, in a letter to Nalanda excise superintendent Ram Babu, mentioned nowhere in the DM and SP’s report that the excise SI was acting in connivance with somebody. While this was so, a local court granted bail to the excise SI, whereas rejected the bail of Chandradeep Sen,  the JD(U) leader.

Reacting to the episode, Naval Kishore Yadav, BJP MLC, told Tehelka, “The DM and SP of Nalanda had tried to rescue the JD (U) block president understandably under pressure. Since Chief Minister Nitish Kumar belongs to the same block, Sen’s arrest in a liquor case would tarnish his image.”