Chhattisgarh High Court orders probe into complaints against 45 IAS officers

Chhattisgarh High Court orders probe into complaints against 45 IAS officers

Chhattisgarh High Court passed an order of probe against 45 IAS officers in a public interest litigation, which demanded that the court should issue orders for early disposal of complaints pending for years against them in the state of Chhattisgarh. This PIL has been filed before the High Court by social and RTI activist Rajkumar Mishra of the district Abmikapur. The hearing was held on 24 April 2023.

According to the PIL, RTI activist Rajkumar Mishra told that on 16 December 2015, MLA Devjibhai Patel raised a question in the assembly. In which he asked the then Chief Minister that the Chief Minister should please tell that till November 17, 2015, the complaint case against which officers of the Indian Administrative Service has not been investigated yet.

Along with this, he asked that complete information including the names and postings of those officers should be given. Then during that time the then Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh told in reply that till November 17, 2015, complaints against 45 officers are pending.

The officers whose names were mentioned by the then Chief Minister. Among them are C.K.Khetan, G.R.Churendra, Chhattar Singh Dahre, Dr. Kamalpreet Singh, Mukesh Bansal, N.Om.Jhirsagar, Sharda Verma, Ritu Sen, Niranjan Das, Himshikhar Gupta, NK Branch, Umesh Kumar Agarwal, O P Chowdhary, R Sangeetha, T Radhakrishnan, Amit Kataria, Narendra Kumar Shukla, Alex Pal Menon, K C Dev Senapati, Ashok Kumar Agarwal, Omega Eunice Toppo, Bhim Singh, Chandan Kumar, Amarmelmangai D, Ranveer Sharma, GS Mishra, Vikas Sandipan, Avnish Kumar Sharan, Dr. Saransh Mitter, JP Pathak, Ankit Anand, Dinesh Srivastava, Toman Singh Sonwani, K. D. P. Rao, Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, MK Raut, Anbalagan P, B. K. The names of Dhurve, Rajat Kumar, Siddharth Komal Pardeshi, Dr Rohit Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Yadav, Subrata Sahu, Amrit Khalkho, Dilip Wasnikar were included.

In this PIL, a hearing was held on 17 January 2023 before the hearing on 24 April 2023. In this hearing, the Chief Secretary of the Chhattisgarh Government, Amitabh Jain submitted an affidavit and told the court that a total of 73 complaints were registered against 45 IAS officers, out of which 62 complaints have been denied. At present, there are 11 such complaints left, which have not been resolved. After this, the High Court's Chief Justice's double bench has given three months' time to the Chief Secretary of the Government of Chhattisgarh to resolve the remaining 11 complaints.



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