Patna (21.09.2022): The Centre has finally transferred Alankrita Pandey (IAS: 2016: WB) to Bihar in compliance to an order of Delhi high court on the grounds of her marriage with Anshul Agrawal, a Bihar cadre IAS officer of the same batch. Alankrita, a native of Uttar Pradesh, fought a long legal battle against West Bengal in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and the Delhi high court.
After getting married to her batchmate in 2018, Alankrita made a representation to the Union government, the State of Bihar and the State of West Bengal for her cadre change to Bihar. While the Bihar government responded positively, the state of WB neither passed any order on her representation nor issued a no objection certificate (NOC) for change of her cadre.
Aggrieved by the non-action on the part of the state of WB for over 2 years, Alankrita filed an application before the CAT, seeking a direction to the state of WB to take a decision on her representation for change of cadre. In its reply before the CAT, the state of WB stated that necessary steps on her representation could not be taken on account of the assembly elections and the Covid-19 pandemic. The CAT, in its order on July 28, 2021, directed the State of WB to pass orders on Aalnkrita’s representation for cadre change, within a period of four weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of its order.