The corrupt officials in the state will not get protection in the state and will have to face punishment even if they secure reprieve from a court.

"The Chief Minister has directed speedier action against corrupt officials and ordered dismissal of all of them within two months after completing departmental proceedings and other formalities," Chief Secretary AK Sinha told mediapersons.

Nitish Kumar held a video conference with all the district magistrates and superintendents of police to enquire about corruption cases involving public servants and speedy trial in such cases. Sinha said Nitish Kumar also ordered the setting up of a local unit on the lines of the vigilance bureau or the economic offences unit to deal with corruption cases.

"He has directed strengthening of the vigilance bureau or economic offences unit on the lines of CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) to fight against corruption in the state," Sinha said.

"Nitish Kumar is hell bent on punishing corrupt officials in a record time. It will help to restore the common man's faith in governance," an official said. Sinha said that Nitish Kumar directed the district magistrates to act against corrupt officials without fear.

DMs would be given special power to remove corrupt BDOs and Circle Officers and initiate penal action against them, Sinha said adding the chief minister directed DMs and SPs to meet people at least for one hour every day to know about their problems.

"Now, a DM has been given power to act against corrupt officials. The sword of suspension is hanging on the heads of 576 corrupt officials," he said.

Giving details of action so far, Sinha said since 2006 disproportionate asset (DA) and other cases have been registered against 880 persons out of which chargesheet has been filed against 859.

Director General of Police, Abhyanand said 42 corrupt policemen have been shown the door out of 53 cases.


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