Delhi L-G suspends 2 SDMs, official posted in CM office on corruption charges

Lieutenant Governor (LG) Vinai Kumar Saxena on Wednesday ordered the suspension of three officials in the Delhi government over alleged corruption charges involving government land, senior officials in the LG office said on Wednesday
Delhi L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena (ANI Photo)
Delhi L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 03:04 AM IST
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Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena on Wednesday ordered the suspension of three officials in the Delhi government over alleged corruption charges involving government land, senior officials in the L-G office said on Wednesday.

Of the three officers, who will now face an internal inquiry by the revenue department, one was posted as a deputy secretary in chief minister’s office and the other two were sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs).

“Reiterating zero tolerance to corruption and probity in government functioning, the L-G has ordered the suspension of Prakash Chand Thakur, deputy secretary in the CMO, Harshit Jain, SDM of Vasant Vihar and Devender Sharma, SDM of Vivek Vihar. Now, disciplinary proceedings will be initiated against these officers which involves an inquiry to be conducted by the revenue department,” said a Raj Niwas official who asked not to be named.

All three officers are from Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) cadre.

The Delhi government did not comment on the matter, but a senior official in the CM office said Thakur was one of the 5-6 deputy secretaries posted there.

A second senior official in the L-G office said all the three cases pertain to corruption involving government land which was allegedly sold to private entities. “Prima facie, procedural lapses were found in all three cases which indicated financial irregularities,” the official said.

The move after two assistant engineers of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) were suspended on June 17 after the L-G visited flats constructed for economically weaker sections (EWS) at Kalkaji extension and found the work substandard and incomplete.

Though the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) did not issue any formal statement on the matter, a senior party functionary said that the case involving Thakur took place before he was transferred to the CMO as deputy secretary.

Government records showed that Thakur’s posting at the CMO was done along with the transfer of nine other officials on September 15, 2020. He was then serving as an SDM at the headquarters of the revenue department in Civil Lines.

“Transfer and postings are done by the services department which comes under the direct control of the L-G. We have no control on which officer comes and goes in various departments. It is all reviewed and approved by the L-G. This case in which Thakur is being investigated is regarding some government land that was allegedly sold to some private entity in Narela zone,” the senior AAP functionary said.

The Delhi BJP said the suspension of a CMO official has exposed the hollowness of honest governance claims by the AAP. “The CM claims zero tolerance on corruption, but today a black sheep has been found in his own office clearly indicating there is no monitoring against corruption in the CM office and in the Delhi government secretariat,” said Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor.

Meanwhile, AAP leader Sanjay Singh on Wednesday accused the BJP-led government of planning the demolition of 53 temples in Delhi. “Today, I am disclosing how the BJP is planning to demolish temples in Delhi. They just play drama in the name of religion across the country and spread hatred, but now the Modi government is planning to destroy 53 temples in the national capital. The central government has written a letter to the Religious Committee of the Delhi government, asking permission to demolish 53 temples. The list includes the ancient temples of Shri Ram, Krishna temple, Durga temple, Mahadev temple, Sai Baba temple and gurdwaras,” Singh said in a press conference.

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