A senior bureaucrat in Bihar has been caught on camera verbally abusing a junior officer on probation during a review meeting in his department. A widely shared video shows IAS officer KK Pathak's expletive-laden rant, apparently triggered by feedback shared on his treatment of his junior.
The Bihar Administrative Service Association has condemned the officer's conduct and has demanded his sacking.
"People here have no sense. In Chennai, people follow rules. Have you seen anyone following traffic rules here? They even keep honking even at a red light," Mr Pathak, Principal Secretary of the Prohibition Department in the Government of Bihar, is heard saying at a meeting of officers.
The target of his fury, a Deputy Collector, is seen trying to apologise to him but Mr Pathak is unstoppable. "Now I will show them...I have been here 32 years," he says, also attacking the Bihar officers' body for complaining against him.
According to reports, Mr Pathak was upset over a complaint filed against him for ill-treating the Deputy Collector during training. The complaint was filed by the Bihar government in Gaya in November.
Sunil Kumar, Prohibition, excise and registration minister in Bihar government, said that disciplinary action will be taken against KK Pathak.
"The government should sack KK Pathak as soon as possible. He is not in a good frame of mind. Apart from being the Secretary of the Prohibition Department, he is also in charge of BIPARD and during training, He harasses the officers of Bihar. Meanwhile, One officer has also died after being publicly humiliated by him. All our officials are angry about this video. We are going to take action as soon as possible. At present, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the Chief Secretary are requested to take action against him," said Sunil Tiwari, who heads the officers' body.
A 1990-Batch officer, Mr Pathak was appointed as Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) at the Department of Prohibition and Excise in 2020 after he returned from central deputation.