Karnataka Chief Secretary Arvind Jadhav (IAS:1978:KN) is set to retire on 30th Sept on completion of his extended tenure. He could have been replaced by Ratna Prabha (IAS:1981:KN), Additional Chief Secretary, but she seems to be not acceptable to the central government which is seeking an action against her in an old case pertaining to illegalities in land allotment in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh.
Even though the Andhra Pradesh High Court, as well as the Supreme Court, have trashed the charges against her in an alleged land scam, in an August 24, 2016 letter to the Telangana government, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has directed the Telangana government to take an expeditious decision on initiating penalty proceedings against Prabha and another IAS officer, Bibhu Prasad Acharya (IAS:1983:AP), also an accused in the same case. Copies of the letter have been sent to Karnataka chief secretary Arvind Jadhav and the Central Vigilance Commission.
The letter said the DoPT had, in an earlier letter dated December 12, 2015, directed the government to initiate disciplinary action against the officers but there has been no response. “It is once again requested to expedite the decision in the matter and send a proposal to the DoPT at the earliest,” stated the letter.
Web-link: Our report dated 08 April 2016 and 28 August 2016
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