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Delhi IAS Officer Faces Disciplinary Action for Corruption; Transfer Demanded by Services Minister

Latest newsDelhi IAS Officer Faces Disciplinary Action for Corruption; Transfer Demanded by Services Minister
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In a significant development, the Delhi government is preparing to initiate disciplinary proceedings against IAS officer YVVJ Rajasekhar in response to multiple complaints of corruption and misconduct. Services Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj has formally requested the immediate transfer of the officer, along with the initiation of disciplinary action against him. These allegations have been brought to the attention of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Citing various instances of alleged violations by Rajasekhar, Bharadwaj has urged the Chief Minister to transfer the IAS officer from his current position as the Special Secretary of Vigilance within the Delhi government. The minister stressed the need for swift action to protect records and ensure the safety of employees. Bharadwaj also called for disciplinary proceedings against Rajasekhar, pointing out the violation of AIS (Conduct) Rules 1968.

Furthermore, the minister recommended that the numerous complaints concerning corrupt practices and misconduct involving Rajasekhar be referred to an investigative agency. The charges against the officer range from blatant insubordination and undisciplined behavior to falsification of material facts, among other serious transgressions.

A letter submitted by Saurabh Bharadwaj to Chief Minister Kejriwal highlights a specific incident that triggered immediate action against Rajasekhar. On May 13, all work assigned to the officer was withdrawn following a complaint alleging his involvement in an extortion racket, where he allegedly demanded protection money.

According to the allegations, Rajasekhar intentionally and illegally withheld multiple files pertaining to the Vigilance Department, despite written orders. It is believed that he did so with ulterior motives. Furthermore, instead of cooperating with his superiors and submitting himself to a fair investigation, Rajasekhar allegedly fabricated false and frivolous stories, which he disseminated widely in the media to undermine the credibility of the Minister In-charge and the Secretary (Vigilance) of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD).

Additionally, Rajasekhar has been accused of unauthorized communication of information. The note presented by Bharadwaj reveals that the IAS officer has been under scrutiny by various investigative bodies, including the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), and the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the GNCTD, for his alleged involvement in corruption-related cases throughout his career.

One of the complaints alleges that Rajasekhar operated an organized racket, demanding Rs 5 lakh from each candidate seeking placement on compassionate grounds. The total amount involved is said to be Rs 15 crores, affecting approximately 300 individuals, including the complainant.

The Delhi government’s decision to take disciplinary action against Rajasekhar underscores its commitment to combat corruption and uphold the integrity of its administrative machinery. As the proceedings unfold, the investigation into the allegations against the IAS officer will be handed over to an appropriate investigative agency to ensure a fair and impartial inquiry.

The Delhi Chief Minister and his administration have been firm in their stance against corruption, and this latest action sends a strong message that no one is above the law, regardless of their position or influence within the bureaucracy.

Sources by Agencies

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