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Kejriwal, wife never transferred out of Delhi, but points finger at Pulok Chatterjee

Kejriwal said he has information of at least 376 other such instances where IRS officers, including him and his wife have been posted continuously at New Delhi for more than 10 years. He also questioned why Chatterjee, a close confident of Sonia Gandhi, is serving in Delhi for over 25 years

India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal, while accepting that he and his wife Sunita Kejriwal (both belong to the Indian Revenues Services-IRS) were never transferred out of Delhi, said that this happened due to shortage of honest and competent officers with technical skills. While Kejriwal forgot to take note of Ashok Khemka (the IAS officer from Haryana, who cancelled the mutation of the over three-acre plot that Robert Vadra's company allegedly sold to DLF last month, has been transferred for 43 times during his 20 years service), he pointed a finger towards IAS officer Pulok Chatterjee, who shares good relations with the first family of the Congress party.

 

A release, issued by IAC, says, “Posting within Delhi is not unique to Arvind. Arvind has information of at least 376 other such instances where IRS officers have been posted continuously at New Delhi for more than 10 years. Due to the severe shortage of honest and competent officers with technical skills, Arvind’s tenure/postings were repeatedly extended wherever he was posted, approvals followed in due course.”

 

“Shree Digvijaya Singh may kindly provide, in his next letter to Arvind, all postings of Shree Singh’s good friend Shree Pulok Chatterji, IAS during past 25 years, including his deputation to serve private non-governmental organisations (NGOs) closely associated with Honourable Chairperson of National Advisory Council (NAC) (Sonia Gandhi),” the release said.

 

At present Chatterjee, perceived as being close confidant of Sonia Gandhi, is working as principal secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

 

The IAC release also tries to convince that Kejriwal’s wife Sunita is an honest and competent officer and the Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO) extended her tenure over the years. “Due to her qualities the SFIO had on its own repeatedly requested her tenure to be extended. Shree Singh is making such personal allegations to ensure that honest officers are not posted to sensitive offices inquiring into the business dealings of Mr.Singh’s cronies. In June 2009 Smt Sunita Kejriwal was also appointed as the Central Public Information Officer for RTI disclosure of the SFIO,” the release said.

 

Here are the questions raised by Digvijay Singh, Congress spokesperson and replies given by IAC...

 

IAC HQ denies that Arvind has violated provisions of All India Service Rules as alleged by Sh. Digvijaya Singh. Arvind has repeatedly applied under provisions of

 

* The All India Services (Leave) Rules, 1955

* The All India Services (Study Leave) Regulations, 1960

* The All India Services (Joint Cadre) Rules, 1972, etc.

 

When his applications were malafidely not disposed of in time, Arvind followed the dictates of his conscience in the larger public interest.

 

Q1: Is it a fact that in your entire service of 20 years in Indian Revenue Service, you never served outside Delhi, even though the norms of the service are that all IRS officers  serve a posting only for 3 years in a place‘?

 

A: The facts, reasons and reasons for Arvind not being transferred out of Delhi are very well known to the prime minister and the finance minister. Everything which Arvind has ‘contributed’ during his posting at Delhi was ‘shared’ with his senior officers under the finance ministry and certainly up to the level of finance ministers. Posting within Delhi is not unique to Arvind. Arvind has information of at least 376 other such instances where IRS officers have been posted continuously at New Delhi for more than 10 years. Due to the severe shortage of honest and competent officers with technical skills, Arvind’s tenure/postings were repeatedly extended wherever he was posted, approvals followed in due course. Just recently the Income Tax department has again written to the DoPT stressing there is a severe shortage of qualified officers extending to 21,000 vacancies. Sh. Digvijaya Singh may kindly provide, in his next letter to Arvind, all postings of Sh. Singh’s good friend Sh. Pulok Chatterji, IAS during past 25 years, including his deputation to serve private NGOs closely associated with Hon’ble Chairperson NAC.

 

Q2: Is it a fact that even your wife, who also is an Indian Revenue Service officer, has never served outside Delhi?

 

A: Same as above. Smt. Sunita Kejriwal is an honest and competent officer deputed in sensitive postings like the Serious Frauds Investigation Office under the ministry of corporate affairs. Due to her qualities the SFIO had on its own repeatedly requested her tenure to be extended. Sh .Singh is making such personal allegations to ensure that honest officers are not posted to sensitive offices inquiring into the business dealings of Mr Singh’s cronies. In June 2009 Smt. Sunita Kejriwal was also appointed as the Central Public Information Officer for RTI disclosure of the Serious Frauds Investigation Office. As a consequence of discharging her designated functions in an open and transparent manner, Smt. Sunita Kejriwal was ‘selected’ to go for advanced training in Public Administration at IIPA Delhi in 2011-12 vide DoPT’s letter no. 12103/01/2011-Trg dated 27.May.2011

 

Q3: Is it a fact that any serving officer who goes on a study leave for two years with full pay, has to submit a full report of his study to GOI?

 

A: In terms of Regulation 3 of the “The All India Services (Study Leave) Regulations, 1960” such full report is to be submitted in only in the situations covered u/r 3(1)(ii) and 3(1)(iii) therein. This does not encompass Arvind’s study leaves. Sh. Singh may kindly refer to DoPT’s letter AIS-III dt.9.8.1994 to broaden his knowledge.

 

Q4: Is it a fact that you didn’t submit a full report, but only an interim report to G0I with a promise to submit a full report later, which you never did?

 

A: Please see answer to previous question and the concerned letter of DoPT.

 

Q5: lsn’t it a fact that the Service Rules provide that an officer who goes on a study leave has to compulsorily serve GOI for 3 years?

 

A: Sh. Digvijaya Singh is advised to again read the aforesaid Service Rules and DoPT’s clarifications. The said Rule provides that an applicant for study leave who has previously had long term training abroad must serve the State for at least 2-3 years before the leave is sanctioned.

 

Q6: Is it a fact that you went on an unsanctioned leave, without permission, after serving for only one and a half year, post the study leave?

 

A: All the facts and circumstances concerning this are in the records of the PMO and the finance ministry, including the letters of recommendation sent by Hon’ble Chairperson of NAC and Smt Aruna Roy member NAC etc.

 

Q7: Is it a fact that you were transferred to Chandigarh once, but you never joined?

 

A: All the facts and circumstances concerning this are in the records of the PMO and the finance ministry, including the letter sent by Hon’ble Chairperson NAC.

 

Q8: Is it a fact that you then sought voluntary retirement from service and even without it being approved, you absented from your office?

 

A: All the facts and circumstances concerning this are in the records of the PMO and the finance ministry, including the letters sent by Ho’'ble Chairperson NAC.

 

Q9: As a serving officer of IRS did you take permission of Gol to form your NGO?

 

A:  Arvind was not associated with any NGO while actively serving as an IRS officer. Doing this would be in violation of the service rules applicable to him.

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COMMENTS

MG Warrier

2 years ago

Great! Moneylife is providing a forum for giving vent to each one's personal grievance against individuals also. Nothing wrong in it. But let us not totally deviate from the main issues and the 'PRESENT'. I liked the example of breaking window pane while playing cricket! As we have seen in Lok Sabha on February 18, we are going through tough times. Corrections will take place. We can reduce the time-lag, if all of us be serious about the issues we discuss.

Mohitkbansal

2 years ago

Arvin's kejriwal does not seem to be a normal aam admi who gets transfered if in govt job or have to switch on priva jobs.Arvind kejriwal claim that only he and his wife are clean and able can not be accepted by us

nagesh kini

4 years ago

It appears Shri & Smt.Kejrival + 376 others are the only 'honest and competent' VIP - Very indispensible personalities - in the civil services not to be moved out of Delhi!
Others incl. Arun Khemka and our Arun Bhatia at Pune who are shuttled about left, right and centre are not!

Do two wrongs make a right?

All those who are transferred are to be deemed to be incompetent and dishonest to be punished with frequent transferred?

Sachin M Regundwar

4 years ago

Do you expect GOD to come out and fight against corruption?? Kejriwal is no GOD, he is a human being. To err is human. I feel general public should forgive him for any small mistakes (or one may say corruption in bigger sense) done by him in the past. Tomorrow, somebody will come out in public and tell that he has broken my glass while playing cricket when he was a child of 10 years!!! Somebody will say that he was driving vehicle without holding any licence!!! All these allegations are only to distract his team from the bigger issues.

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Sachin M Regundwar

In Reply to Vipul Kaushik 2 years ago

Yes, I agree that he must be rebuked 10 times more for any corruption he had done in the past. But, my point is not that. What I want to tell is let us accept him. Let us allow somebody who want to do something good for our country to do so. Yes, he may be corrupt also, who knows?? But, he is a human being. I don't think anybody living in India is very crystal clear. At some point of time, everybody has to pay some bribe (i will call it a kind of corruption only), it may be small only. Like, giving money to get vehicle license, to get passport in fast track, to get ration card or aadhar card. Sometimes, people just do this to save their time. But, that doesn't mean that he favors corruption.
Finally, I would like to say that he is far better that other Leaders in our country whose hands are so dirty in corruption that I feel shame to vote for them. At least Kejriwal has given us other option.

Vipul Kaushik

In Reply to Sachin M Regundwar 2 years ago

Breaking someone's glass while playing cricket is not corruption. But the kind of charge that is pressed against Kejri is quite serious. He must have used some kind of powerful source to avoid his transfer. And by your logic, all the corruption that had taken place in the past should be forgotten and a fresh start should be made. Kejri is one man who projects himself as the synonym of honesty and if he had done any corruption in the past, he should be rebuked 10 times more than others.

SL Narula

4 years ago

I have very much liked the report about Kejriwal's answers questions of Diggy. Please continue giving such reports. You are doing very good work for removal of corruption in the country.

MK Gupta

4 years ago

Whatever Kejriwal may now say, it requires very high contacts and networking to be able to have been retained at Delhi-I mean, the same station-right from the beginning of one's active career in the corrupt IRS. The mystery must be unravelled at any cost and it sure smacks of a extremely high level of wire pulling. Compare the case of another person-a less wellknown man though honest and no less courageous-who having been banished in 1990 to the south was never brought back to his place of domicile despite the govt rules that any officer had the right to get his choice place of posting two years before retirement. This officer had no uncles or friends anywhere in the bureaucracy or political echelon, though his name is indeed associated with some of the most high voltage investigations. Controversial for his courage, he was certainly no blue eyed baby of the CBDT or anyone higher above. Kejriwals'uninterrupted stay in Delhi and the reluctance of the CBDT to pursue the disciplinary proceedings against him, despite one Member (P)'s insistence, would remain a mystery as none in the CBDT had the courage to annoy this person. Would the govt now initiate an inquiry?

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MK Gupta

In Reply to SL Narula 4 years ago

Yes, very correct. A High-Level investigation is certainly called for UNLESS the MoF (CBDT/Ad.VI) bis afraid of the skeletons jumping out of its cvupboards! It certainly is a mysytery as to why theb then CBDT was al;l eager to protect this person.

SL Narula

In Reply to MK Gupta 4 years ago

You have raised this issue but I am wondering why the Govt with all the powers it has, has not ordered any enquiry on the long tenure of Kejriwal at Delhi. And in spite of this why such questions have to be raised by Diggy when all information is available with the Govt. What is the motive of Diggy?

Pradeep R Hattangadi

4 years ago

Instead of saying all facts and circumstances are in the records of PMO and Finance Ministry does not give clarity. If the contents of those relevant records are explained with references, the public would have have a different opinion on the matter than what it seems right now.

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nagesh kini

In Reply to Pradeep R Hattangadi 4 years ago

The so-called records of the PMO seems to be harbouring a hell of a lot of explosive stuff in addition to Kejrivals - once thrown open a lot of skeletons are sure to emerge. So Arvind is safe to pursue his Aam Admi Party - why not Aam Aurat? Has his Shrimatiji, the other 'honest and competent' not to be transferred out civil servant agreed to keep the females of the species out?

Vaidya Dattatraya Vasudeo

4 years ago

This seems to a dialogue between IAC and Digvijaysing. The replies like ' All the facts and circumstances concerning this are in the records of the PMO and the finance ministry, including the letters sent by Ho’'ble Chairperson NAC. ' does not help common people to know what it is and if it supports the morality of IAC members. It is necessary to give all these details to the public, instead each individual seeking this info under RTI from PMO. Will the IAC take note of it. And it also needs to be properly published in the media.

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Subhojit Dhar

In Reply to Vaidya Dattatraya Vasudeo 2 years ago

Common people are only allowed to know what this khaas aam aadmi wants them to know.

Nem Chandra Singhal

4 years ago

Instead of asking funny questions from Kejriwal, one may ask these questions from any Govt. servants. The answers will be the same. Many Govt. servants are closely connected with their powerful bosses, and beg all favour in the power of corridors. It is not a secret. Transfers are used both for enjoyment & punishment.
Nem Chandra Singhal

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