PATNA: The problem seems to be multiplying for the beleaguered IPS officer Vikas Vaibhav, posted as IG (Home Guards and Fire Services). Days after he was served show-cause notice by his boss and department’s DG Shobha Ohatkar for his alleged misconduct, the home department has now issued notice to him for making public the details of the official meetings.
Vaibhav has been asked to explain why action should not be initiated against him for making public the details of official meetings, treating it as “gross indiscipline”, informed sources said. Neither the home department officials nor Vaibhav responded to the phone calls to give their versions.
Earlier, Ohatkar had sent him the notice for making “baseless allegations through social media” and violating the “All India Service Conduct Rules, 1968 and Official Secret Act”.
People stage protests in Patna & other dists in support of Vaibhav
In his tweet, Vaibhav had also stated that he had the audio recordings of the abuses hurled on him by the DG. Though he later deleted his tweet, but by that time it had gone viral on social media.
The 2003-batch IPS officer landed in trouble after he tweeted, alleging that he had been regularly listening to abuses from his boss. CM Nitish Kumar has reacted strongly to his move to use social media platforms to air his grievances in public, stating that “tweeting (problems) is not the job of the officials. This is a very dirty act. If anyone has any problem, they should better inform the department or seniors. They should convey the matter personally and not declare it publicly.”
However, the people across the state have come out in support of Vaibhav and staged protests in various districts, linking it to ‘Bihari asmita’ (Bihar pride). The protests have been reported from places like Patna, Siwan, Darbhanga, Nalanda and Bettiah (West Champaran) so far.
During the protests, the people have described hurling of abuses as a “very serious offence” and demanded immediate dismissal of Ohatkar. The protesters said the “abuses were not hurled at a particular IPS officer but every Bihari”, and they won’t tolerate it. They also said if the chief minister supports “Bihari asmita”, then he should punish the “foul-mouthed” officers, not Vaibhav.

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