Being a part of an anti-corruption crusade may prove to be costly for the two controversial senior civil servants of the UP cadre and a professor of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
The government has decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the trio for figuring in the list of petitioners in the high profile case on bringing the black money stashed abroad currently pending before the Supreme Court.
The finance ministry, in a confidential letter to the department of personnel and training (DoPT), has pointed out: “Three of the petitioners — SK Dubey, a professor at IIT Delhi, VS Pandey and Jasvir Singh are IAS and IPS officers respectively of the UP cadre.”
According to a letter by the revenue secretary to the DoPT on April 24, the trio “did not disclose their respective positions held under central/state governments in their petition against the government.”
All the three - Dubey, Pandey and Singh are members of the executive committee of the NGO, India Rejuvenation Initiative (IRI), actively involved in an anti-corruption crusade and safety of whistleblowers.
Former chief justice of India RC Lahoti, former chief election commissioner JM Lyngdoh and former comptroller and auditor general VK Shunglu are among the founder members of the IRI.
Interestingly, Pandey was shifted from the post of principal secretary (information) in the chief minister’s office last month, after reports of his alleged links with Hasan Ali. Singh, who was serving as his officer on special duty (OSD), was also transferred.
The government, however, had informed the Supreme Court that the Enforcement Directorate, had never named Pandey and Singh for having links with Ali.
The petition on black money filed by veteran jurist and former law minister, Ram Jethmalani alongwith the IRI, was on Wednesday reserved for judgment by the Supreme Court.
The government appears to have decided to come down hard on the trio, who being in service became a party in a case against their own employer.
“It would appear prime facie (on the face of it), an act of grave indiscipline that the three officials while in active government service, have been instrumental in filing a petition against the government of India casting malicious aspersions on some of its serving officials,” states the finance ministry letter.
Copies of the letter have also been marked to the HRD ministry to look into the case of professor Dubey, and to home secretary GK Pillai.