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MHA objects to ‘tainted’ officer as Delhi home secy

The Home Ministry has objected to the recent appointment of a bureaucrat as the Capital's home secretary and has called for his removal.

delhi Updated: Feb 25, 2011 00:19 IST
Aloke Tikku

The Home Ministry has objected to the recent appointment of a bureaucrat as the Capital's home secretary and has called for his removal.

BV Selvaraj — an Indian Administrative Service officer of the 1981 batch — was appointed the Principal Secretary, Home Department in January, less than seven months after he had come under the scanner of the Central Bureau of Investigation.

In July last year, the CBI had searched Selvaraj's residential and official premises in a corruption case relating to his stint as Administrator of Lakshadweep in 2006-2009. A CBI spokesman had then alleged Selvaraj had played along in a conspiracy to wrongly award a contract for supply of river sand and granite chips from the mainland to the islands of Lakshadweep.

Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta said the officer given the new charge as the CBI had not filed a chargesheet against him.

But the argument did not cut ice with the home ministry which has called for moving Selvaraj out of the home department.

"The home secretary's post is too a sensitive to go by the official record alone," a senior government official said.

The Delhi home secretary plays a key role in sensitive matters relating to security and personnel related matters including powers to authorise interception of phone calls of citizens and appointment of officers in Delhi Police, prison officials and the Delhi anti-corruption bureau.

"We have told the state administration to replace him and agreed to a fresh name suggested," the official. Arvind Ray, an officer of the 1984 batch, is tipped to replace Selvaraj.

Government sources said key posts in Delhi are to be decided in consultation with the Centre. But to give the administration a free hand, it is common to let them make appointments and send the file to the Centre for a post-facto approval.

looking back

BV Selvaraj - an IAS officer of 1981 batch - was appointed Principal Secretary, Home Department, in January 2011.

In July last year, CBI had searched Selvaraj's residential premises in a corruption case relating to his stint as the Administrator of Lakshadweep in 2006-2009.

Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta said the officer given the new charge as the CBI had not filed a chargesheet against him.