In a snub to the Mayawati government of Uttar Pradesh, the centre is set to revoke the suspension of the senior-most bureaucrat in the state, Promilla Shanker, shortly before she retires on February 29.
Shanker, a 1976 batch IAS officer, was posted as the commissioner in the state's National Capital Region cell, when she was suspended in September last by the UP government for going abroad without informing it.
The law ministry, in its opinion on the reference from the department of personnel and training (DoPT), has stated that a lenient view should taken in the matter "keeping in mind the fact that she has served the government for 35 years and is on the verge of retirement."
Shanker had chosen to file an appeal directly with the central government, bypassing the state government, which she had alleged was victimizing her.
"The state government has unleashed a reign of terror and fear among the officers who speak their mind. They are harassed and sidelined," she had said in a letter to the DoPT.
Shanker had alleged that the Mayawati government was targeting her since she had pointed out irregularities in the draft plan prepared by the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority.
"My record is unblemished an when I am due to retire in February 2012, the state government's action to suspend me for no reason is to humiliate me further," she wrote to the DoPT.
"The government of India cannot and should not remain a mute spectator when its members are being trampled upon in performance of their duty," Shanker stated in her letter.
The law ministry, however, has refrained from commenting on her "whistleblower role."
The government's legal arm has also stayed away from backing her claim that she went to Colombo on a companion ticket with her husband (P Umashanker, currently the union power secretary) on September 5 and 6 last after informing the state government.