Cheema, who appears to be among Badal's favourite officers and has been part of his personal staff, was released by the West Bengal government in June 2005 to join the office of the Lok Sabha speaker as an officer on special duty (OSD), subject to a period not exceeding five years. "The IAS officer was released from the post by the Lok Sabha secretariat on March 5, 2007 for joining the Punjab government without concurrence of the union ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions (department of personnel and training), government of India," according to a communication (copy with HT) sent by Indevar Pandey, secretary, personnel and administrative reforms department, West Bengal, to the Punjab chief secretary on March 26, 2012.
He further wrote that Cheema joined the Punjab government on March 6, 2007, and subsequently the state requested the Centre to regularise the inter-state deputation. "But the department of personnel and training (DoPT) did not accede to the request of the Punjab government and asked for reversion of Cheema to his parent cadre through a series of letters," Pandey wrote, pointing out that the West Bengal government was facing acute shortage of IAS officers.
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