The Jharkhand government has issued a showcause notice to a secretary-level IAS officer asking her to explain a Facebook post that questioned the issue of religious conversions being raised during a government function.
The comments were posted by the officer on October 20, when Chief Minister Raghubar Das, while addressing an audience in Dumka, reportedly asked people to inform police about those indulging in conversions through allurement. The officer was present at the programme.
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Secretary Panchayati Raj, under the Rural Development Department and an IAS officer of the 1996-batch, Vandana Dadel had posted: “Does a tribal have no right to choose a religion of his/her choice with respect.”
A government spokesperson said Monday: “A showcause notice has been issued on the reported comments on the part of the officer. She has been given 15 days time to respond. The proceedings will move further after we receive the reply.”
When contacted, Dadel said that she would not like to react on the development. “A showcause has been issued. I will study and submit my reply. There is nothing more to say,” she said, adding that she had neither removed nor changed the said post.