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Chief Secretary partisan, says Congress

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, OCT. 27. The Congress Legislature Party leader, S.R. Balasubramoniyan, today criticised the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary for swearing to a plaint, filed before the Supreme Court, containing "unfounded, malicious allegations" against Opposition leaders.

In a statement, he said the Chief Secretary was from the All-India Services belonging to the Indian Administrative Service. "All-India service personnel cannot take a stand which obviously is more political than administrative and also cannot question the wisdom of the President."

By making such allegations, the Chief Secretary was "clearly transgressing the duties of the office," he said.

"It is manifestly clear, the Chief Secretary has failed to maintain the non-political and neutral stand in the administration of the State, enjoined on and expected of a very senior IAS officer".

The Chief Secretary had violated the code of conduct of an IAS officer and become a mouthpiece of the ruling party, warranting action by the Union Ministry of Personnel, Mr. Balasubramoniyan said.

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