THE IAS Action Group is at it again.
After creating ripples in bureaucratic circle nearly a decade ago by identifying “three most corrupt” IAS officers, the group in its new avtar —India Rejuvenation Initiative (IRI), headed by former Chief Justice of India RC Lahoti — has this time identified 20 most corrupt IAS officers in the state. And the list is ready for release. .
Names of some high profile IAS officers have been included on the list. The IRI has also decided to conduct a probe into their assets.
IRI coordinator and principal secretary (National Integration) V S Pandey told Hindustan Times on Wednesday the exercise for the identification of corrupt officers had been undertaken in all the states as the IRI, a group of serving and retired bureaucrats and judges, had decided to intensify the campaign against corruption.
Pandey said the group would pressure the governments to deny prime administrative position to these corrupt officers.
Pandey welcomed the recent decision of the Supreme Court quashing the clause of the government permission for the prosecution of officers.
It may be recalled that 10 years ago on December 14, 1996, the UP IAS Association had through a ballot handpicked “three most corrupt officials”, a move which had generated a major controversy. Later Pandey broke away from the association to carry on his anti-corruption crusade under the banner of Action Group.
Then came the IRI, working for the same cause at the national level.
It is learnt that moves are now afoot at the Centre to curtail the power of the state governments to suspend IAS and IPS officers. There is a feeling in the IRI that the state governments had been misusing the power to browbeat the officers for political firstname.lastname@example.org