Letter controversy: UP govt suspends senior IAS officer

Last Updated: Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 23:38

Lucknow: A day after his transfer, senior IAS officer Sarvesh Chandra Mishra was on Sunday suspended and a departmental probe initiated against him over a controversial letter convening a meeting to discuss "reconstruction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya on lines of Somnath Temple."
Mishra, a 1997-batch officer, was the Home Secretary of Uttar Pradesh before he was shunted out yesterday.

"Secretary (Home) Mishra mentioned a wrong and extremely misleading subject on a disputed issue in the letter regarding a meeting to be chaired by the Principal Secretary (Home) on October 14, and signed it," an official statement said here.

Mishra`s act created confusion and gave a completely wrong message among the people, the statement said.

"It has been decided to suspend Mishra, an IAS officer of 1997 batch, with immediate effect and initiate a departmental inquiry against him," it said, adding that during suspension period, Mishra will remain attached with the Revenue Board.

The government had transferred Mishra and suspended section officer of the home department, Prem Kumar Pandey, in wake of the controversial letter.

Mishra, a 1997-batch officer, was the Home Secretary of Uttar Pradesh before he was shunted out yesterday.

"Secretary (Home) Mishra mentioned a wrong and extremely misleading subject on a disputed issue in the letter regarding a meeting to be chaired by the Principal Secretary (Home) on October 14, and signed it," an official statement said here.

Mishra`s act created confusion and gave a completely wrong message among the people, the statement said.

"It has been decided to suspend Mishra, an IAS officer of 1997 batch, with immediate effect and initiate a departmental inquiry against him," it said, adding that during suspension period, Mishra will remain attached with the Revenue Board.

The government had transferred Mishra and suspended section officer of the home department, Prem Kumar Pandey, in wake of the controversial letter.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 08:43

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