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19 State officials under scrutiny

T.S. Ranganna

They are facing inquiries following charges of embezzlement and corruption


  • Details given by the Chief Minister in a written reply
  • Charges include embezzlement and corruption

    Bangalore: Nineteen senior IAS, IPS and IFS officers in the State are facing inquiries for various irregularities, such as embezzlement, corruption in filling vacancies and sexual harassment.

    These details were given by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, who holds the Personnel and Administrative Reforms portfolio, in a written reply in the Legislative Assembly to Kyatsandra N. Rajanna of the Janata Dal (S).

    Mr. Kumaraswamy said six IAS officers, including one principal secretary; five IPS officers, including one inspector-general of police; and eight IFS officers of the rank of conservator of forests are facing inquiries.

    They are R.S. Sujata, A.K. Monappa, N. Nagambika Devi, I. Devendran, G.L. Chandrashekariah and K. Shivaramu of the IAS; Jayaprakash V. Nayak, B. Srikanthappa, P. Muniswamy, Khaleel Ur Rahman and U.S. Baghel of the IPS; and A.M. Annaiah, H.S.S. Murthy, Punith Pathak, V. Ramakanth, Brijesh Kumar, Rajkumar Srivastava, K.S. Saibaba and S.D. Pathak of the IFS.

    The inquiry against Ms. Sujata has to do with irregularities in implementing the Integrated Child Development Scheme when she was Director of the Department of Women and Child Development.

    Mr. Monappa is facing an inquiry on the charge of corruption in the recruitment of headquarters assistants when he was Secretary of the Karnataka Public Service Commission.

    Ms. Nagambika Devi is accused of embezzlement while serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Uttara Kannada Zilla Panchayat. Dr. Devendran is accused of violating rules in sanctioning electrical work contracts for agricultural produce markets in Byadagi, Hubli, Shimoga, Sindhanur, Chitradurga and Ranebennur. Mr. Chandrashekariah is facing corruption charges in filling vacant posts reserved for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates when he was Deputy Commissioner of Chamarajanagar district.

    Mr. Shivaramu has been accused of misusing government funds in the implementation of vocational and computer training programme for unemployed Scheduled Caste candidates when he was Commissioner of the Social Welfare Department.

    Mr. Nayak is being proceeded against for going to the U.S. without taking government permission. Mr. Srikanthappa is facing the charge of corruption in the disbursal of loans from a cooperative bank to Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) personnel when he was Deputy Commissioner of the KSRP. Mr. Muniswamy is accused of failing to submit remarks and records to the court.

    Mr. Rahman has been charged with forcing a woman colleague to offer her property as collateral for a bank loan and Mr. Baghel has been charged with not obeying orders to return from deputation to the United Nations.

    The inquiry against Mr. Annaiah has to do with the charge of misbehaving with women students while on a tour to the Nagarahole National Park as part of an NSS programme. Mr. Murthy is accused of bigamy and Mr. Punith is facing an inquiry in four cases of irregularities.

    Mr. Ramakanth has been charged with irregularities in sanctioning funds for a social forestry programme in Bidar district. Mr. Kumar, Mr. Srivastava, Mr. Saibaba and Mr. Pathak are also facing similar charges.

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