Mysore IAS officer faces action for making enquiry report public

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Mysore, Oct 18:The state administration proved one thing yesterday. It is pretty fast in taking displinary action against IAS officers telling the truth, not the others. Just a day after going public over alleged corruption in the state-owned Administrative Training Institute (ATI) in Mysore, Rashmi V Mahesh, the director general faces disciplinary action by the state government.

Chief secretary Kaushik Mukherjee said that action will be taken against her for addressing the press conference and making confidential enquiry reports public. She would be sent a notice for explanation.

After she was assaulted by the family members of an ATI who had committed suicide, she addressed a press conference where she accused the previous ATI director general Amita Prasad of misappropriating funds worth Rs 100 crore and said the government was mum.

Holding a press conference without permission is considered indiscipline and action can be initiated as per the All India Services Conduct Rules, 1968 and All India Services Disciplinary and Appeal Rules, 1969. Denying these allegations, Mukherjee said that the government has initiated an inquiry once her letter reached the office. He further added,"Additional chief secretary TM Vijaya Bhaskar was appointed an inquiry officer in August and he inspected ATI files. Her allegations are far from the truth."

He further said that the allegation of Rs 100 crore scam far exceeds the annual budget of ATI, which is only Rs 14 crore. "Action cannot be initiated against an officer or employee of any level merely on complaints without a proper inquiry," he further said.

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