The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday removed Deepak Singhal as chief secretary when he was scheduled to chair many important meetings in the Noida authority’s Sector 6 office that were to begin at 11:45 am. He has been replaced by Rahul Bhatnagar.
This is the second time that Singhal has been removed from his post when he was present in Noida. In June 2014, Singhal was removed as principal secretary (home) immediately after his visit to Noida.
On Tuesday, he was on his way from his Sector 31 residence to the authority’s office when he was removed. Midway to the office, Singhal directed his driver to rush to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and reached Lucknow, said officials.
A police unit was waiting at the authority office to give him a guard of honour and top officials were waiting with bouquets at the gate when they were informed about his removal.
However, Sanjay Agarwal, chairman of the Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities, said, “The chief secretary could not attend the Noida authority’s meeting as he had other important official work to do.”
The Uttar Pradesh government had on July 7 this year appointed Singhal, a 1982 batch IAS officer, as the chief secretary. He had replaced 1978 batch officer Alok Ranjan, who retired on June 30. Singhal remained on the post for 75 days.
“As chief secretary, he gave most attention to Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities. He reviewed infrastructure projects in Greater Noida on August 27 and conducted an aerial survey of 400 acres along the Yamuna expressway for a food market project. During his visit here on Tuesday, he had planned to review Noida projects again before he was removed for taking too much interest in Noida’s affairs,” said a UP government official.