Patna: Gautam Goswami, a 1991 batch Indian Administrative Service officer and a key accused in the 2004 multi-crore Bihar flood relief scam, died of pancreatic cancer at a private nursing home here on Tuesday.
Goswami, suspended for his alleged involvement in the flood relief scam, was suffering from cancer for the past several months.
Victim to cancer: A file photo of Gautam Goswami.
He was admitted to Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences on 31 December and shifted to the nursing home on Saturday after his condition worsened due to kidney impairment.
He was 41 and is survived by his doctor wife and two sons.
Goswami, who was also a medical doctor, was a resident of Dehri-on-Sone in Bihar’s Rohtas district.
He had won ‘Time’ magazine’s Young Asian Achiever Award for his efforts in reaching out relief to flood victims in 2004.
Less than a year later, he was accused of involvement in misappropriation of relief funds along with Anirudh Prasad Yadav, alias Sadhu Yadav, brother-in-law of railway minister Lalu Prasad, and 27 others.
An inquiry was ordered into the Rs18.5 crore embezzlement on 26 April 2005, while Goswami resigned from the civil service and joined the Sahara group.
He was sacked by the Sahara group after an anticipatory bail plea was rejected on 6 June that year.
Goswami then withdrew his resignation from civil service on 17 June and was suspended on 30 June .
The Bihar government had on 8 December reinstated him in service on health grounds.