State government employees have demanded the suspension of IAS officer Bhagwan Sahai who is facing an inquiry for allegedly denying joint secretary Rajesh Ghadge the permission to go home early last week, after which his teenager son committed suicide. The protesters alleged that it was the IAS officer’s apathy that led to the suicide.
In another revelation by the employees’ union, Sahai had reportedly questioned how Ghadge could get leave when he had not formally applied for it. According to a remark in a file from Ghatge’s senior, Sahai had asked for the written application from Ghadge on August 16, when he had gone to Solapur for his son’s funeral.
The employees staged a protest on the Mantralaya premises on Thursday morning for more than an hour demanding strict action against Sahai. The employees also decided to register their protest by wearing black armbands on Friday and Saturday. State chief secretary Swadheen Kashatriya is already conducting a probe into the allegations.
Nineteen-year old Avdhut, son of Ghadge, committed suicide on Thursday over domestic issues. Before killing himself, the boy had called his father and asked him to rush home out of restlessness. When Ghatge went to Sahai for permission, he was denied so.
Sahai has not answered his phone or replied to texts when contacted for his comment.
“The employees from the agriculture departement were planning to go on a mass casual leave on Friday, but after a request from the chief secretary, we decided to register a notional protest. We are getting unprecedented support from senior officers too. There was another example of a suicide by a clerk due to harassment by Sahai last month. We have been assured of some action against him,” said Subhash Gangurde,general secretary, Maharashtra State Government Employees Central Confederation.