A 2003-batch Haryana cadre IAS officer, Ajit Balaji Joshi, was on Thursday appointed as deputy commissioner of Chandigarh for three years.
The orders in this regard were issued by the Central government. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) at the Centre had on October 7 approved the inter-cadre deputation of Joshi from Haryana to AGMUT cadre as deputy commissioner of Chandigarh. Joshi is currently posted as deputy commissioner, Jind.
In April, UT-cadre IAS officer SB Deepak Kumar was given the charge of the UT deputy commissioner as a stop-gap arrangement after 2002 batch Haryana IAS officer, Mohammad Shayin, was unceremoniously repatriated by his parent cadre on April 28, well before his term got completed, owing to sharp differences between him and Vijay Dev, the adviser to UT administrator.
While Shayin had maintained that he was repatriated prematurely as he pointed out certain irregularities committed by an AGMUT-cadre officer, K Narsimha, the UT officials attributed his transfer to his attitude and controversial approach.
Action against Shayin
The ACC in its October 7 order has also directed the ministry of home affairs to initiate appropriate follow up action against Shayin, who after joining back Haryana government, has gone abroad on study leave. It could mean initiation of disciplinary action against Shayin
Apparently unhappy with the manner in which Shayin was prematurely repatriated without following the procedure, the ACC has asked the MHA to submit proposals of premature repatriation for its consideration wherever required though it has also given ex-post facto approval (on October 7) to the premature repatriation of Shayin.
Adviser asked to explain Shayin’s repatriation
Sources in the union personnel ministry under which ACC functions said the Central government had also sought an explanation from UT adviser, Vijay Dev over Shayin’s hasty and premature repatriation ordered by UT administrator and governor of Punjab and Haryana, Kaptan Singh Solanki, without the formal approval of the Central government.