Case for repatriation of DC Mohammad Shayin had been building up

The unceremonious removal of Haryana cadre IAS officer Mohammad Shayin from the post of deputy commissioner was the culmination of a series of complaints against Shayin which had led the UT Administration to prepare the ground for his repatriation for the past few weeks.

Chandigarh | Published:May 1, 2015 1:34 am
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By: Vivek Gupta

The unceremonious removal of Haryana cadre IAS officer Mohammad Shayin from the post of deputy commissioner was the culmination of a series of complaints against Shayin which had led the UT Administration to prepare the ground for his repatriation for the past few weeks, it is learnt.

Highly placed sources told Newsline that UT Administrator and Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki held a meeting with the Haryana CM about 10 days ago on the issue of his replacement and the process of his repatriation began immediately after that.

Earlier the administration wanted to replace him through a proper procedure and that is the reason a panel was sought from the Haryana government in the first week of March to ensure that the new DC was named at the earliest. However, the Haryana government had not obliged.

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Finding repatriation as the only alternative left in view of the growing number of complaints against him, the UT Administrator had on Tuesday gave his nod to his repatriation to his home state after a meeting with his adviser Vijay Kumar Dev and other senior officials. The Haryana government was also taken into confidence before the decision.

There was another meeting between Solanki and Dev last week in which there was also a discussion that Shayin might be allowed to stay till the completion of his official term but after taking away the charge of some crucial departments having several irregularities and complaints. But that did not work out and then on the basis of the past precedent, he was shunted out.

A senior official, who was part of the overall development, said that his letter to the UT Adviser, alleging bias and vested interest of the Secretary (Agriculture), K Narasimha, in matters of renewal of 31 licences of the Sector 26 market committee, was not the only reason but could be a major turning point. “His repatriation was the culmination of past several controversies that resulted in his unceremonious exit,” he said.

According to him, Shayin’s letter to the adviser is under consideration and if some illegality is found, action will be taken.

The political pressure and Shayin’s souring terms with the UT Adviser can’t also be ruled out for his early exit. BJP city president Sanjay Tandon had recently met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, raising Shayin’s arrogant style of functioning. He claimed that the MHA had sought a report from the UT Administrator after his complaint.

Meanwhile, Shayin had joined his parent cadre, although he was yet to be given any posting.

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After removing Kishori Lal from the post of secretary, Chandigarh Market Committee, the local administration is likely to send his former Personal Assistant Poonam Malik back to the Red Cross Society. She is currently posted with the Chandigarh Agricultural Marketing Board.

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