Patna: The Vigilance Bureau has lodged an FIR against 12 officials on charges of corruption and criminal conspiracy for illegal allotment of 182.07 acre of government land to 44 persons in Kishanganj district of Bihar.

Vigilance DSP Ashwani Kumar lodged the FIR on June 25 against the then Kishanganj district collectors Radheshayam Bihari Singh and Subodh Nath Thakur among 12 officials for allotment of the land on a lease of 90 years for tea plantation in Pothia and Thakurganj circles.

Besides them, the then Circle Officers (COs) of Pothia Raghunandan Jha and Fateh Fayyad, Thakurganj circle's Cos Poonam Kumari Jha and Md Maqsood Alam, DCLRs Ramesh Mishra and Rahbare Islam have been named in the FIR.

Sub-Divisional Officers (SDOs) Pramod Kumar Singh and Madan Mohan Dev; Additional Collectors Ram Niwas Pandey and Bangali Ram are also accused along with other unknown persons.

The officials have been charged under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act including section 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).

The matter was put up before vigilance judge R N Singh on Tuesday for necessary action in this connection, Kumar said.


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