Lg S:  Eight officers complained of harassment: LG’s office | India News – Times of India

Lg S: Eight officers complained of harassment: LG’s office | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The LG’s office claimed on Saturday that eight officers working in the Delhi government and MCD had complained of harassment by the AAP dispensation in Delhi and Punjab over the past few months.
While two complaints were received earlier this year, six were received after May 11, when SC ruled in favour of the Delhi government over the ‘services’ row. The complainants have reportedly alleged they and their families were being hounded in retaliation to action against AAP functionaries. No immediate reaction was available from the Delhi government.
8 officers complained ofharassment: LG’s office
The LG’s office claimed on Saturday that several officers working in the Delhi government and MCD had complained of harassment by the AAP dispensation in Delhi as well as in Punjab over the past few months.
While two complaints were received earlier this year, six, said the LG’s office, were received after May 11, when Supreme Court handed over the control of services matters in the national capital to the elected dispensation. The complainants have alleged that the AAP governments in Delhi and Punjab started hounding them and their family members in retaliation to action against party functionaries, it has been claimed.
Those who have reportedly complained include five IAS officers – chief secretary Naresh Kumar; services secretary Ashish Madhorao More; special secretaries Kinny Singh and YVVJ Rajasekhar; and power secretary Shoorbir Singh – IPS officer and head of anti-corruption branch Madhur Verma; IRS officer and chief assessor and collector in house tax department of MCD Kunal Kashyap; and ad-hoc Danics officer and deputy secretary in services department Amitabh Joshi.
Shoorbir Singh and Madhur Verma, who belong to Punjab, have alleged that their families were being targeted in their home state. Singh, said the LG’s office, has also approached the high court in Punjab against the alleged harassment of his family.
No immediate reaction was available from the AAP government.
While the AAP government and the bureaucracy have been on loggerheads for quite some time now with the elected dispensation often complaining of insubordination and lack of cooperation, their work relationship worsened after the Constitution bench of the apex court ruled last week that the Delhi government will have direct control over officers posted in the capital.
Of the eight officers who have alleged harassment, the cases of four stem from the government’s desire to remove services secretary More from his post and holding a meeting of the civil services board, which is chaired by the chief secretary to decide on transfer and posting of officers.
Delhi services minister Saurabh Bharadwaj had alleged on Friday that chief secretary Naresh Kumar had threatened to kill him on May 16 in the former’s official chamber at the Delhi Secretariat. The top Delhi bureaucrat, however, has reportedly alleged in a letter to the LG that the allegations were an afterthought following his alleged misconduct with the officers of the services department.
Shoorbir Singh is claimed to have alleged that his family in Punjab was being hounded since he objected to the appointment of two private persons on the board of two private distribution companies as government nominees.
Madhur Verma is also said to have alleged similar treatment as he took action against Delhi Waqf Board chairman and Okhla MLA Amantullah Khan in an alleged corruption case.
Kashyap has alleged that the mayor has sent a note against him to the MCD commissioner complaining that he was going soft in a case of house tax evasion.

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