Bihar suspends IAS officer in scholarship scam

Patna, Jan 12 (IANS) An IAS officer has been suspended on Thursday for alleged irregularities in disbursement of post-matric scholarship among SC/ST students pursuing technical education outside Bihar, officials said.

S.M. Raju, IAS of 1991 batch, was suspended along with two state government officials on charges of their involvement in irregularities in disbursement of post-matric scholarship among SC/ST students, a General Administration Department official said.

In December 2015, an FIR was lodged against S.M. Raju and 15 others as the Vigilance Investigation Bureau in Bihar found evidence against Raju for wrongly distributing scholarships worth crores of rupees among students when he was Secretary of the Welfare Department in 2013-14.

The Vigilance Investigation Bureau launched its probe into the scam after the opposition BJP raised the issue in the state assembly.

–IANS

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