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Bihar official suspended on corruption charges threatens to embrace Islam

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PATNA: A government official in Bihar has threatened to embrace Islam if his suspension was not revoked soon.

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The official has been suspended on rape charges but he claims he was punished without giving him the chance to prove his innocence.

The bizarre threat being held out for the first time by any official in the state has embarrassed the state National Democratic Alliance government in Bihar.

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Manoj Kumar Agarwal who was suspended on charges of corruption has given a week time to the government to revoke his suspension else he would embrace Islam publicly.

Agarwal who was serving as the Block Development Office in Lakhisarai district alleged the action was taken out of vengeance which also smacks of casteist approach of the higher officials.

According to him, he removed a village council official three months back since he was not attending his office or discharging his duty properly.

“Once I removed, a local Janaat Dal United leader made it an issue and brought it to the notice of his senior who placed me under suspension without serving me the show-cause notice which is complete violation of natural justice,” the official said.

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