Published On: Sat, Jul 4th, 2015

IAS officers’ body takes on ‘Outlook’ magazine for publishing objectionable remarks against Smita Sabharwal

Hyderabad : The IAS officers’ body of Telangana Friday petitioned to the Telangana government seeking initiation of civil and criminal proceedings against the ‘Outlook’ magazine for publishing a “derogatory and defamatory article” on Telangana cadre IAS officer Smita Sabharwal.

IAS officer Smita Sabharwal works in office of the Telangana Chief Minister.

IAS officer Smita Sabharwal works in office of the Telangana Chief Minister.

A delegation of the Telangana cadre IAS officers’association led by its honorary secretary J Raymond Peter met Telangana Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma and submitted a memorandum with their demand.

The IAS Officers’ Association also decided to file a complaint with the Registrar of Newspapers for India to cancel the registration of the magazine for publishing an objectionable remarks against a woman IAS officer.

The ‘Outlook’ magazine, in its July 6 issue, had carried a snippet under the title ‘No boring Babu” in its column Deep Throat wherein it said that the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer was known to make “fashion statements with her lovely saris at every meeting” and that “she serves as an eye candy” on such occasions.

To make matters worse, the column also featured a cartoon showing Smita walking the ramp with KCR (as the chief minister is known) clicking pictures of her while other politicians cheered her on.

“The portfolio of a junior bureaucrat, who is posted in the Telan-gana CM’s office, is a mystery. She used to be posted in a district earlier. But things changed all of a sudden after the elections. The lady is present at every meeting and seen in almost every official photograph sent out by the CMO,” the supposedly satirical piece said.

The snippet, which focused on Smita’s looks, attire and sudden stardom in bureaucratic circles, read: “The lovely lady, known for her ethnic style, recently stunned all by appearing in a trendy trouser and frilly top at a fashion show. And for once, she wasn’t sitting in an official meeting. But this appearance too made for a great photo op.”

Following reaction poured in to the article from all corners, the ‘Outlook’ magazine withdrew the article and expressed regrets, which, was rejected by the IAS Officers’ Association.

The magazine went on to claims that its correspondent in Hyderabad was being subjected to vile and personal attacks, and her physical safety has been threatened.

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