Suspension of accused IAS officer may be revoked

Rajasthan High Court
Suspended Rajasthan-cadre IAS officer Ashok Singhvi’s (IAS:1983:RJ) suspension could be revoked and he be recalled to duty in December this year. This follows the recommendation of a committee headed by the chief secretary. The final decision, though, would be taken by chief minister Vasundhara Raje to whom the recommendation has been forwarded.
Singhvi was suspended by the state government following his arrest in the multi-crore mining scam unearthed by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) in September 2015. The officer, who was considered close to Raje, remained in jail for seven months until the Rajasthan high court granted him bail in April this year.
Singhvi was principal secretary of the state mines department when the ACB arrested him, along with seven others, on charges of granting illegal sanctions for around 100 mines in lieu of huge bribes. The ACB filed a charge sheet against the accused, while the Centre granted sanction to prosecute him.
Even as the charge-sheet against the IAS officer was pending in a court, the committee under the chief secretary recommended that his suspension could be revoked, said sources. In May this year, the committee recommended to extend Singhvi’s suspension until December 13, 2016. After the committee’s latest recommendation, the buzz in the state bureaucracy suggested that the influential officer’s suspension would be revoked and he would be back to work on December 14.
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