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Munda okays sacking of IPS officer

india Updated: Feb 23, 2011 00:17 IST
Subhash Pathak

Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda has recommending dismissing a 1975-batch IPS officer from service as the latter had allegedly exploited a tribal woman sexually.

Inspector general PS Natarajan, now under suspension, was caught on camera in a compromising position with the tribal woman called Sushma Baraik.

Baraik, who is now in jail on charges of patronising a criminal gang in Gumla, had accused Natarajan of exploiting her.

DK Tiwari, principal secretary to the chief minister, said the order followed the home department's recommendations.

"Now the government would send its recommendation to the UPSC for Natarajan's dismissal," Tiwari added.

Seeking to insulate IAS and IPS officers from political pressure, Article 312 of the Constitution makes it tough to sack them.

Soon after the tapes containing Natarajan's act were telecast by a private channel, the state government placed him under suspension in July 2005.

The central administrative tribunal, however, ordered the revocation of the suspension, saying that there was no case against him.

Home secretary JB Tubid said the department has sought the chief minister's nod to go in appeal against the CAT order.

An officer of additional director general rank said: "In Natarajan case, he was prima facie guilty of misconduct after a private television channel telecast him indulging in a compromising position with a tribal lady."