Modi Govt. Compulsorily Retires 15 More I-T Officials In its Second Round Of Clean-Up

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The Narendra Modi Government in its second term seems to have decided to put an end to corruption spread across government offices in the country. In its second clean-up round, the Government has ordered compulsory retirement to bureaucrats and top-level officials after axing many officers in the first drive.

Another Blow To Corrupted Bureaucracy

Among the I-T officials who were sacked include the ranks of the commissioner, principal commissioner, deputy commissioner, additional commissioner, assistant commissioner, and joint commissioner.

These are the senior officers who are facing corruption charges and hence have been compulsorily asked to leave their post. Within a week of resuming office, the Modi government dismissed around 12 high-level officers on professional misconduct and corruption charges.

The government has ordered the retirement under Rule 56 (j) of the General Financial Rules of Central Government Services. The officers who were sacked earlier also belong to the ranks of the joint commissioner. They were facing serious charges of corruption and extortion from businessmen.

Some were also accused of helping Chandraswami, the self-styled godman. Some of these government officials of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) were already serving a suspension.

According to Finance Ministry sources, these officers were either had corruption cases against them filed by the CBI or were involved in disproportionate assets, extortion, and bribery cases. Those who were dismissed include Principal Commissioner Anup Srivastava who served as Principal ADG (Audit) in Delhi’s Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs and Joint Commissioner, Nalin Kumar.

CBI had booked him in two cases in 1996 and 2012 for allegedly planning a criminal conspiracy and also showing favors to a house building society trying to obtain NOC for land purchases against the law and for demanding and accepting bribery. There were several other complaints against him.     

Officers Retired With Immediate Effect

In its tweet, the Finance Ministry said, “In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (j) of rule 56 of the Fundamental Rules, the President of India has retired 15 Officers of Indian Revenue Service (C&CE) in public interest with immediate effect on completing 50 years of age.”

The Finance Ministry further added, “All these 15 officers shall be paid a sum equivalent to the amount of pay & allowances for a period of 3 months calculated at the same rate at which they were supposed to be withdrawing them (pay & allowances) immediately before their retirement.”

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