Ex-Jharkhand Chief Secretary Sajal Chakraborty served with show cause notice

Ranchi: Former Jharkhand Chief Secretary Sajal Chakraborty has been served with a show cause notice for allegedly arguing with Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, following which he was removed from the top bureaucratic post in the state.

Former Jharkhand Chief Secretary Sajal Chakraborty
Former Jharkhand Chief Secretary Sajal Chakraborty
Chakraborty has been given three days time to reply as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against him for arguing with the chief minister during a meeting on January 20, a senior government official said here today.

According to senior bureaucrats present at the meeting, the argument took place over issuing written directives to IG and DIG rank police officers on their duties.

Chakraborty wanted written directives issued, while over the next seven minutes or so, the chief minister tried to explain to him that since the police manual was clear on the duties of senior officers, there was no need to issue fresh directives.

This, the sources said, irked Chakraborty, who suddenly stood up from his chair and said that since he felt humiliated and insulted, there was no point in him staying on.

The chief minister was surprised but chose not to react. In fact, he tried to laugh it off while other officials tried to pacify Chakraborty.

The state’s senior most IAS officer was removed from the post soon after and is now an additional chief secretary in the Department of Civil Aviation.

He was replaced by Additional Secretary in the Union Home Ministry Rajiv Gauba as the new chief secretary.

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