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Delhi LG Suspends Dy Secretary in CM's Office, 2 Others on Corruption Charges

The charges against the three officials were related to procedural lapses in land matters hinting corruption.

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Delhi LG Suspends Dy Secretary in CM's Office, 2 Others on Corruption Charges
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A deputy secretary in Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's office and two sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) have been suspended by Lt Governor V K Saxena on corruption charges, official sources said on Wednesday, 22 June.

They said that the charges of "procedural lapses indicating corruption in land-related matters" against the deputy secretary were from his tenure as Narela SDM.

"The case against the deputy secretary at CMO has nothing to do with the Delhi CM's office," a Delhi government official said.

Prakash Chandra Thakur, posted as deputy secretary in the chief minister's office (CMO), Vasant Vihar SDM Harshit Jain and Vivek Vihar SDM Devender Sharma were suspended and disciplinary proceedings ordered against them, sources said.

"The charges against the three officials were related to procedural lapses in land matters hinting corruption," an official said.

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The trio are DANICS cadre officers.

"The transfer and postings of officers of Delhi government comes under the Services department that the Lt Governor handles. So, Delhi government has no say in whoever is given a posting," the government official said.

The move reflected LG Saxena's commitment to zero tolerance to corruption and ensuring probity in the functioning of the government, one of the sources said.

The lieutenant governor had on Monday, June 20, suspended two assistant engineers of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) after finding lapses in the construction of EWS flats in Kalkaji Extension.

The Delhi BJP attacked the Kejriwal government over the suspension of the officials.

"The Delhi CM claims zero tolerance on corruption but today a black sheep has been found in his own office clearly indicating there is no monitoring against corruption there," alleged Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor.

No reaction was immediately available from the AAP.

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