Patna, February 16
Bihar bureaucrats and judicial officers cannot consume liquor or any intoxicating substance even when outside the state, which is under total prohibition, and would face departmental proceedings if they do so. The state cabinet has issued fresh conduct rules for government servants — from Group A to Group D — and judicial officers in a bid to tighten the enforcement of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016. The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, approved the Bihar Judicial Officers Conduct Rules, 2017, and amended the Bihar Government Servants Conduct Rules, 1976, for this purpose. “In accordance with the amended conduct rules, government employees, including those of judicial service, will be barred from consumption of liquor and intoxicating substance in and outside the state,” said Brajesh Mehrotra, Principal Secretary, Cabinet Coordination department. Mehrotra said: “Earlier there were no rules for judicial officers with regard to consumption of intoxicants and liquor but now they will now have to abide by the prohibition rules already enforced across the state and beyond.” He said departmental proceedings would be initiated if anyone was found violating the law across the state and beyond. The state government had banned liquor consumption on April 5 last year. Since then, over 30,000 persons have been arrested and huge amount of liquor has been seized by excise sleuths and police officials.