A team of government officials accompanied by a police force Tuesday went to the residence of Hari Shanker Pandey,a senior PCS officer who sought voluntary retirement yesterday,to serve the chargesheet filed against him in a departmental inquiry.
Pandey,however,refused to accept the chargesheet after which the team pasted it outside his residence in Vipul Khand,Gomti Nagar.
Pandey,who had unearthed a multi-crore scam in the Rural Engineering Department (RED) last year,had opted for voluntary retirement from his service yesterday after he was charged for fudging and concealing government records,executing one-sided probe in RED and indiscipline. His request was,however,rejected by the state government.
Pandey,who is posted as Special Secretary,National Integration,left his office last afternoon and did not come to office Tuesday. A 1978 batch officer,he had earlier refused promotion to IAS cadre and is due to retire in 2014.
It was Naib Tehsildar Arvind Tripathi who reached Pandeys residence and informed him that he has come to deliver a sealed envelope from the government. At this,Pandey became furious and misbehaved with me. Soon,a dozen people came and surrounded me. They did not allow me to inform the higher authorities, Tripathi claimed.
Later,Tripathis driver,who was in the vehicle,alerted the Sadar Tehsil. After that tehsildar Abdul Kalam and Naib Tehsildar Sanjay Yadav rushed to Pandeys residence. The police,too,was called and a videographer was also asked to come.
We went to Pandeys home, said Sanjay Yadav. There,Pandey reported;y again refused to accept the letter and told them to arrest him. The officials then pasted the chargesheet on the wall of Pandeys residence and left.
The incident has been recorded and a note about his misbehaviour has been sent to the government, said Yadav stated.
Pandey,meanwhile,claimed a heavy police force had reached his residence. Nearly 50 policemen led by Circle Officer (CO) of Gomti Nagar reached my place. The government officials with the police team asked me to accept the chargesheet. I told them to deliver it at my office, Pandey stated.
CO,Gomti Nagar V S Mishra denied that a heavy police force was sent to Pandeys residence.
Earlier,in his inquiry report on the RED,Pandey had recommended removal of Uma Shanker,the department director,for fudging his date of birth to avail of an extension,and financial misappropriation during his tenure as ad-hoc director of the department. Pandey had also recommended complete audit of works in the RED between 2007-12.
Meanwhile,a government spokesperson denied the charges of harassment levelled by Pandey. He said disciplinary inquiry was instituted against Pandey after he removed a leaf from an official file containing remarks of the then Principal Secretary,RED,Sanjeev Mittal,and inserted a new leaf.