General administration department (GAD) minister Lal Singh Arya on Friday condemned the conduct of suspended IAS officer Shashi Karnawat for “regularly” levelling charges against the state government.
In a press conference in Bhopal, Arya said Karnawat was violating the norms meant for the conduct of a senior government officer. “Through her conduct, she has broken the bridges of communication with the state government,” Arya added.
He said the state government had already sent a proposal for the termination of Karnawat’s services to the union government and response on the same was awaited.
In January, Karnawat and another Dalit IAS officer Ramesh Thete (1993 batch) participated in a dharna, organised by a Dalit adivasi forum, accusing the state government of being biased towards officers from the SC and ST community.
Karnawat was promoted to the IAS in 1999. In 2013, she was sentenced to five years in jail by Mandla district court in a corruption case (zila panchayat printing scam of 1999-2000). Since then she is under suspension.
Prior to her suspension, she was deputy secretary in the youth and sports welfare department. The Madhya Pradesh high court later admitted a petition challenging her conviction. She is on bail at present. Earlier this year, she also announced her plan to end her life by taking ‘jal samadhi’ (drowning) in Narmada River in Khandwa district, pressing for her demand of reinstating her and higher wages during the suspension period. She, however, dropped her plan later. In July, she wrote a letter to the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, seeking permission for euthanasia, saying, “She had been left with no other option.”
When HT spoke to Karnawat, she said, “It is the state government that has brought me into this situation. The government has been discriminating against me since 2007. Despite chief minister’s assurance, I was not reinstated. I am on hunger strike at my residence in Shivaji Nagar for last four days. I wanted to start hunger strike at Board Office Chouraha, but I was not given permission.”
Arya said the state government had increased her salary from 50% to 75% despite her suspension. “She started hunger strike without any permission,” he added.