New Delhi, Aug 6: While the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal has caught the attention of political big-wigs, there are several such officers who are harassed on daily basis by their seniors or even politicians, when they raise their voice against wrong-doings.
According to an IBN Live report, of the 4,800 civil servants surveyed, one-third ( (36 per cent) said they were harassed- 40 per cent by politicians and 80 per cent by their seniors.
33 per cent had even considered quitting the famed services.
Some of the harassed IAS officers are:
Dr Raju Sharma: A 1982 batch IAS officer of the UP cadre, quit the services in 2010, nine years before he was due to retire. The state was then ruled by the BSP government which is now leading a campaign to reinstate Durga Shakti Nagpal.
Ashok Khemka: Haryana cadre officer chose to stay on despite 43 transfers in the last 22 years. The most controversial one coming to force was when he took on Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra over Rs 58 crore land deal with DLF.
HN Chibber: Gujarat's senior IAS officer HN Chibber who took on the limestone mafia in Probander was charge sheeted on his last day of service.
SP Pankaj Choudhary: Last week, Jaisalmer came out in his support when he was transferred for allegedly reopening the history-sheet of a known smuggler, who also happens to be the father of a local Congress MLA.
KL Meena: He was transferred 59 times in his 30 year career.
The warning of transfers are used as the most common weapon of harassment in the services, which are liberally used across the country.
Ideally, the average tenure of a District Magistrate in the country is nine months and a Superintendent of Police gets just six months. However, in Uttar Pradesh the tenure is far lower.
In the last 18 months, UP has seen the transfer of as many as 2,000 senior IAS and IPS officers and out of which 116 were transferred on a single day.
According to an RTI report, the police services have it far worse. Forty three IPS officers in the state have been transferred 40 times in their career.