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Featured Image: A file photo of Godala Kiran Kumar (in green shirt) at Siliguri court after his arrest by the CID in July.   

By A Newsman

Siliguri, 19 October: SUSPENDED IAS officer and former district magistrate of Malda, Godala Kiran Kumar, has been released on bail as the Bengal CID has failed to file the charge-sheet in the corruption cases for which he was under arrest.

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The additional chief judicial magistrate of Siliguri, Debanjan Ghosh granted a “statutory” bail to 40-year old Godala this noon after the CID failed to file the charge-sheet within the 90-day stipulated period that ended today.

Godala was arrested by the CID on 20 July in connection with irregularities and embezzlement of government funds during his tenure as the chief executive officer of Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) from 2011-2013. Ever since, the 2005 batch IAS officer was lodged at the Siliguri Sub-divisional Correctional Home.

In all, eight corruption cases were filed against him by the Bengal police and the CID. Out of which, he got bail in the CCTV fund embezzlement case on 1 December 2013, that was, the very next day of his arrest by the then Siliguri Police commissioner K Jayaraman. Jayaraman was subsequently removed from post for arresting Godala, then the DM of Malda, without a go-ahead from the state government.

Again, Godala secured an anticipatory bail from the Darjeeling district court in another corruption case involving the construction of a crematorium at Mainaguri in Jalpaiguri district.

Thus, he was lodged in jail since July for the remaining six cases that involve irregularities in the construction of two sewer plants at Fulbari I and II gram panchayat in Jalpaiguri, two crematoriums in Bagdogra and Malbazar and de-silting of Mahananda and Jorapani rivers in Siliguri.

He got bail in the six cases today due to the CID’s failure to file the charge-sheet by the stipulated period of 90-days from arrest. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for 24 November.

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