Babu plans a �Samal�
Officer plans a "Samal"
Hyderabad, Oct. 30: Senior IAS officer and managing director of State warehousing corporation Md. Shafiquizzaman is all set to file a contempt case against the State government for failing to provide him with details of the IAS officers on whom the government had either dropped investigation or prosecution. This move will be unprecedented. "General Administration Department has been directed by the State Information Commission to provide the list of IAS officers on whom the Anti Corruption Bureau had conducted enquiries and recommended action within 30 days. Till date they have not responded," said Mr Shafiquizzaman.
Responding to the complaint by the officer under Right to Information Act, chief commissioner C.D. Arha directed the General Administration Department on September 29, to submit the list of officers within 30 days. Earlier, the General Administration Department had rejected Mr Shafiquizzaman's request on the grounds that the information sought for cannot be furnished as it termed the ACB information as "classified".
The officer said the General Administration Department wing was now stating that it did not possess the information sought. "This is outright contempt of the statutory body like Information Commission," pointed out the officer. "What can be the motive behind this concealment? It is an attempt to save some corrupt officers," said Mr Shafiquizzaman. He asserted that his struggle would continue till the list of "corrupt officers" is made public.
IAS officer demands apology from Samal
HYDERABAD: K. Ratna Prabha, Principal Secretary, Public Enterprises, has demanded an apology from R. C. Samal, former Vigilance Commissioner, within ten days for dubbing her, along with other IAS officers, corrupt.
Reacting two months after Mr. Samal’s statement, she said she would file a defamation case and take the issue to its logical end if the retired official did not respond. It is learnt that a few other IAS officers, including V. K. Agarwal and P. Dayachari, whose names also figured in the statement are also planning to seek legal action.
Ms. Ratna Prabha addressed a press conference here on Thursday in the wake of the General Administration Department issuing clean chit to her on her application under the Right to Information Act asking whether she faced any corruption charges as alleged by Mr. Samal. The GAD stated that no complaint of corruption or any inquiry report was pending with the Government as on date. She said that until she received this information,
she underwent mental agony as Mr. Samal described her as being “guilty of corruption, criminal misconduct and serious violation of conduct rules”. When it was pointed out that a committee headed by Chief Secretary J. Harinarayan was already going into Mr. Samal’s statement, Ms. Ratna Prabha said “that is a general inquiry”.
The IAS officer said she belonged to the Karnataka cadre but governments, Ministers and senior officials appreciated her work wherever she served. As development commissioner, Visakhapatnam SEZ, she created 5,000 jobs. If Mr. Samal was a “tiger” as he described himself, he would have acted when he was in office instead of issuing statements after retirement.
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There are several RTI Applications pending with various departments of the AP Government (including GAD and Vigilance) to get a copy of this report.