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Officers’ body speaks out against Chautala
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
Lying low for all these years, the Haryana IAS Officers Association found its voice today — one day before the counting of the votes for the Assembly elections in the state.

A general body meeting of the IAS Officers Association took place at the ICSSR Auditorium of Panjab University here today and passed a resolution expressing “displeasure and deep anguish” at the “humiliation” meted out to the members of the service by the political masters.

The meeting, chaired by Chief Secretary Sunil Ahuja, who is also President of the Association, discussed issues such as suspension of Town and Country Planning Department Secretary Bhaskar Chatterjee by the Chief Minister, for Mr Chatterjee’s “reluctance” to abide by the CM’s order, fearing violation of the election code.

The meeting also discussed suspension of Mr Anil Kumar, former DC of Rohtak.

However, there was no talk of Mr Sanjeev Kumar, the IAS officer who has accused Mr Chautala of corruption in recruitment of teachers and is facing corruption charges levelled by the state government.

The alleged humiliation of the Chief Secretary by the Chief Minister at a Cabinet meeting on February 10 also figured. Surprisingly, Mr Ahuja maintained that he was not insulted by Mr Chautala at all. The controversy was the creation of the media.

Some participants said the association’s criticism of the Chautala regime when it seemed on its way out would invite ridicule.

Thirtyeight IAS officers, including two officers attached to the Chief Minister, took part in the meeting. It was decided that, henceforth, the executive committee of the association would meet every two months and there would be at least one general body meeting in a year.



Counting of votes today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 26
Amidst tight security and watchful eyes of the Election Commission, the counting of votes in three states — Haryana, Bihar and Jharkhand will take place tomorrow morning.


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