Holding the UP chief minister's secretariat responsible for the death of a senior IAS officer, the Samajwadi Party state president, Akhilesh Singh Yadav demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged suicide. Yadav called the secretariat a 'Torture-cum-corruption camp'.
Principal Secretary (Housing), UP, Harminder Raj Singh, 55, reportedly shot himself through his head at his residence on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.
"Both the chief minister and a top officer in her secretariat had recently insulted the Harminder Raj Singh," said Akhilesh. He said that any officer who does not follow the 'money extortion' instructions or raises any voice against any act, decision or policies of the government has to suffer insults and harassment at the hands of the secretariat officers.
The officer was senior and held an 'important' department, said Akhilesh. "The CBI should investigate the case and while doing it, must also probe into all the call details of the Harminder Raj Singh. It should be probed as who are the state government officers that he had spoken with over the phone and find out what kind of 'wrong deed' he was being forced to do," he said.
Many bureaucrats were working under 'corrupt' pressure for they were asked to do unfair things. "There are only two kinds of IAS officers in the state now-those who are harassed and those who is totally servile," said Akhilesh.
He also questioned as to why the chief minister or those top officers of her secretariat did not pay a visit to family of the victim. And why state aircraft was not provided to take the mortal remains of the officer to Delhi. The family took the body on a private airliner.
The SP state president said that a two member Samajwadi Party delegation went to the residence of the officer. The delegation included leader of opposition in Vidhan Parishad, Ahmed Hasan and SP state spokesperson, Rajendra Chaudhary. The latter said: "The family members of the officer were looking scared and it looked apparent that they may have been asked to keep mum."
Akhilesh said before this an engineer was murdered by a BSP leader over the issue of money extortion. The officer had expressed his inability in raising funds.