Jharkhand High Court has fixed the date for hearing a PIL involving IAS officer Sunil Kumar.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Dr. Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan has ordered that the state government's Anti Corruption Bureau be included as respondent and decided to hear the Kumar's case on June 12. 

Kumar, 1999 batch Jharkhand cadre IAS officer, faces a serious charge that he grossly misused his authority and conspired with his wife Ranjana to get a government land registered in her name followed by a petrol pump in her name set it up on this land near Hazaribagh.

More, the petrol pump was provided to her by the Hindustan Petroleum Ltd, a government of India enterprise, despite a complaint filed against Kumar and his family by a social activist Ashok Thakur.

In the PIL against the State of Jharkhand, The Chief Secretary, The Central Vigilance Commission and others, Thakur has sought appropriate directive of the court to book Kumar. 

The land of the petrol pump is located in the Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand. In 2015, Kumar was Deputy Commissioner of Hazaribagh. Whether the government land was illegally transferred in the name of his wife Ranjana when he was DC of the same district is not known, Kumar had another serious case pending against him in the Jharkhand High Court.

This case involves Rakesh Nandan Sahay, of the National Thermal Power Corporation. As Deputy Commissioner of Hazaribagh Kumar is alleged to have conspired with police personnel who beat up the then NTPC's Deputy GM  Sahay who filed FIR and writ petition against him seeking justice.  


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