PATNA:It’s khadi vs khaki in Bihar now. State Congress chief and Legislative Council member Ashok Choudhary has moved a privilege motion against SSP Vikas Vaibhav, who had made a station diary entry against him for “interfering with the police’s work”, accusing the police officer of being vindictive against him because he belongs to a Dalit community.
The Congress’ SC/ST wing also registered a police complaint under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against the SSP in the state capital. Similar cases were lodged against him in Muzaffarpur, Jamui and Darbhanga districts.
According to the 2003-cadre IPS officer, he had received a phone call from the MLC asking him not to take action against the NSUI workers, who had allegedly vandalised the residential premises of Education Minister P K Shahi on July 22, 2013. The activists were protesting against the the mid-day meal tragedy which had claimed the lives of 23 schoolchildren in Saran district.
“I asked the person not to interfere with the police investigation as law is the same for everyone. Influencing police is an unlawful act,” the SSP said. Later he asked the Station House Officer(SHO) of the Gandhi Maidan police station to make a diary entry in this connection and verify the identity of the caller.
Choudhary, who admitted to making the call to the police officer, said, “I don’t see anything wrong in it. Has the SSP not received any phone call from any politician in the 10 years of his career? I want to ask him how many complaints he has registered against them.”