Hearing the excuse for the delay in the works, the newly appointed Lieutenant Governor Vinay Kumar Saxena held a meeting with senior Delhi government officials, where he asked them to remove the files pending since 2016, including the corruption complaints against some officials.
To the surprise of many, the Delhi LG summoned the department heads and ordered the Delhi Chief Secretary to settle the pending business.
In just two months, Saxena filed charges against 21 officials including the Subdivision Magistrate (SDM), Additional District Magistrate (ADM), an MP as well as officials from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).
Not only that, there are many more files lying around on his desk that will be cleared in the next few days.
People close to LG told News18 they were also surprised at the number of pending cases. An official close to Vinay Kumar Saxena said, “The Lieutenant Governor has told everyone that he will either go to the site or empty the files from the office.”
These files require nothing more than LG’s approval.
The Revenue Department has witnessed the largest elimination of corruption records after MCD.
“LG in a meeting held in the second week after getting angry at the delay and the terms of the officials accused of corruption. LG requested all officials to hand over these records to it and promised that the records would be expunged without delay,” a senior official involved in the meeting told News18.
With MCD elections slated for this year, officials suspect it won’t be easy for the LG to keep the “clean” campaign going due to alleged political interference and deep corruption.
However, sources at LG’s office say they recently left Delhi some senior officers who had been in the city longer than their term. “It is specified that the officers will have to leave Delhi and no applications will be accepted. Some senior officers were transferred from MCD to many other Union Territories who were reluctant to leave. LG showed no mercy in speeding up the transfer process,” sources said.
But some officials said they felt it was too early to say anything as it could be difficult for LG to act.
“Delhi has been a power capital and the LG has the major powers to run this capital. But there will be massive political interference and pressure from both sides when it comes to dealing with the AAP-led Delhi government and the BJP-led MCD. Waiting for green light from LG to take action against officers accused of corruption is too long, disposal of such records may lead to conflict at all levels,” said a senior IAS officer in Delhi.
The LG has so far taken action against Nitin Jindal (DANICS) Additional District Magistrate (ADM) North, Revenue. The LG approved the initiation of major sanctions proceedings and recommended their suspension. Jindal faces charges of illegally transferring land from the forest department to private individuals in the village of Jindpur in the Northern District in March 2021.
Another official facing the heat is Mukul Manrai, a former undersecretary in the revenue department of the Delhi chief minister’s office. The LG has approved the ACB’s investigation against him for corruption. He was accused of soliciting a bribe from a civil defense volunteer in exchange for authenticating an attendance register.
Prakash Chand Thakur (Ad-hoc Danix), Deputy Secretary of the CM Office, faces charges of criminal collusion with private persons/entities who in turn acquired government land (devolved to Indian Government Devolved Property) for apparent pecuniary gain. sentenced to give away ownership of Prima facie, procedural flaws were found in the three cases that point to financial irregularities.
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