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Sudhakar Rao’s appointment challenged

Bangalore Bureau

CAT to hear petition today; move to shift Director-General of Police on hold?

BANGALORE: The appointment of Sudhakar Rao as Chief Secretary of Karnataka superseding four senior IAS officers has since been challenged in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) by Dilip Rau, Chairman of the Bangalore Development Authority and Administrator of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike.

The tribunal is expected to hear the case on Friday. In his petition, Mr. Dilip Rau has sought the quashing of the February 6 order of the State Government appointing his junior, Mr. Sudhakar Rao, as Chief Secretary.

He has called the Government Order “illegal, arbitrary, capricious and discriminatory”. He has requested the tribunal to pass an interim order staying the appointment.

Additional Chief Secretary Neerja Rajkumar, who has been shifted out of the State Secretariat and has been appointed Chairperson, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation, is also expected to move the tribunal against Mr. Rao’s appointment.

The former Chief Secretary, P.B. Mahishi, who is left with 14 months of service, is also reported to be considering a similar move.

Mr. Rao took charge as the new Chief Secretary on Thursday from Mr. Mahishi who has been appointed Chairman of the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited.

None of the IAS officers attended the brief programme held in the chambers of the Chief Secretary to witness the handing over of charge although a few of them later turned up to greet the new Chief Secretary.

The handing-over programme ended in five minutes and the top brass of the bureaucracy chose to stay away apparently since the changes have given room for a controversy.

The customary tea party given by the IAS top brass to the outgoing and new Chief Secretary was also shelved.

Soon after taking charge, Mr. Sudhakar Rao said he would focus on the development of the State by tackling problems on various fronts and expediting the execution of pending projects. For tackling activities of terrorists effectively a meeting of senior police officials would be convened. “The Chief Secretary’s office has several responsibilities and it comes with challenges and problems,” the 58-year-old Chief Secretary said.

Meanwhile, the move to shift the incumbent Director-General and Inspector-General of Police K.R. Srinivasan has reportedly been kept on hold.

The next in seniority in the IPS, R. Srikumar, Chairman and Managing Director of the Karnataka Police Housing Corporation, has written to the Government stating that if Dr. Srinivasan is to be shifted out then he should be considered for the post.

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