IAS officer suspended for corruption, 1st time in India

IAS officer suspended for corruption, 1st time in India

Raipur, (IANS): The Chhattisgarh government has suspended an additional chief secretary-ranked official of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) for allegedly allowing the sale of tribal land to non-tribals, official sources said Tuesday.

T. Radhakrishnan, a 1978 batch IAS officer, was suspended Monday. It is the first case of suspension of an official of this rank in the state.

A senior official with the General Administration Department (GAD) said the suspension letter was issued late Monday.

Radhakrishnan faces charges of bending the rules to allow sale of tribal land to non-tribals during his tenure as chairperson of the Board of Revenue during January 2008- January 2011.

The Bharatiya Janata Party government has ordered a departmental inquiry against Radhakrishnan, who has refused to speak to the media.

But the officer said he would offer an explanation to Chief Minister Raman Singh.

Official sources said the government put him under suspension after a probe committee headed by a senior IAS officer Narayan Singh found allegations against Radhakrishnan “genuine in first look”.

The committee in its report to the state government broadly hinted that Radhakrishnan grossly violated rules” in over 300 cases as chairperson of the Board of Revenue in which he gave consent to private people and even industries to illegally purchase tribal persons’ lands.

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