Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Friday said that state’s chief secretary Amir Subhani and other top officials are looking into the matter of use of abusive language by senior IAS officer K K Pathak against the state’s deputy collectors and the people of Bihar.
Responding to media queries about a viral video containing the use of abusive language by the 1990-batch Bihar cadre IAS officer during his "Samadhan Yatra" in Araria district, Nitish said the video which went viral on Thursday was being thoroughly probed by the officers.
"State’s chief secretary and other top officials are inquiring into every details of the matter. What has been stated in the video… they are looking into every detail," the CM said.
A video of Pathak went viral on social media on Thursday where he can be seen and heard using abusive language against the officers of the Bihar administrative service officers well as the people of Bihar.
Members of the Bihar Administrative Service Association (BASA) on Friday wore black badges throughout the state as a mark of protest against the use of abusive language by Pathak as well as the recent cancellation of the association’s registration by the state’s registration department which is being headed by Pathak.
"All office-bearers of the BASA also held a three-minute of silence at 1.30 pm on Friday, seeking ‘mental purification’ of K K Pathak," Sunil Kumar Tiwari, the general secretary of the BASA told TOI on Friday.
Earlier on Thursday, the BASA filed a complaint against Pathak before the state’s top administrative authorities and demanded his dismissal from the job after the video went viral in which the IAS officer can be seen using abusive language against the deputy collectors as well as the people of Bihar during an online meeting.
"People in Chennai walk on roads through left side. Have you seen any people here (in Bihar) passing roads through the left side? Have you seen any person honking on the road when signal is red. Here, 'Saala' keep honking even when traffic light is red. Have you not seen this on the Bailey Road (in Patna?) Saala, are the people of this state behave like 'aadmi'? Yehan deputy collector Saale ka ye hal hai. Ab main saalon ka….. Arre, do char log likhkar do toh, kaagaz mein. Saala deputy collector…" Pathak can be seen and heard using foul language in the viral video which is now being probed.
"By using abusive language, Pathak has offended 'Bihari identity'. Members of different officers and employees' association of Bihar are deeply hurt by Pathak’s behaviour. The Jharkhand Administrative Service Association too has extended their moral support in our struggle," the BASA general secretary said.
Pathak, a chief secretary-rank officer, is currently posted as additional chief secretary in the prohibition, excise and registration department. He also holds the additional charges of the director general, Bihar Institute of Public Administration and Rural Development (BIPARD), which provides training to newly recruited officers of the state government.