Freed: Banker is out after 86 days in jail

Freed: Banker is out after 86 days in jail

In a major goof-up by the Patna Police, a bank official had to spend 86 days in jail for no fault of his.

The 28-year-old banker, Jitendra Kumar, was accused of uploading a defamatory post on Facebook against former Bihar DGP Abhayanand.

Jitendra was arrested on July 11 and booked under Section 420 (cheating), 467 and 471 (forgery) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sent to jail on July 12.

When Jitendra’s neighbour Anand Kumar, the founder of Super 30 and a Math wizard, went to Kotwali police to plead for Jitendra’s innocence, the police booked him as well on the charge of “creating a ruckus”.

Anand then met Bihar DGP K S Dwivedi, who, in turn, asked Additional Director General of Police (ADG) J S Gangwar to probe the matter.

After an investigation, the ADG’s report stated that Kotwali police had erred and there was a “mistake of facts”. Nearly three months after his arrest and spending 86 days in jail, the bank official was eventually freed.

“After the police gave him a clean chit, my client got bail from the court. But, in the meantime, he has lost his job. And his reputation has been maligned,” said Jitendra’s lawyer Manish Shankar.