Questioning how and why certain top officers were not being transferred since long from the Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna expressway development authorities, the Allahabad High Court has sought an explanation from chief secretary, Uttar Pradesh government.
Hearing a PIL, a Division Bench of Justices Arun Tandon and Shashi Kant also pointed out, by way of example, the case of Rama Raman, who is currently holding the post of chief executive officer (CEO) of Noida and Greater Noida authorities. Till June this year, he was also the chairman of Yamuna expressway development authority (YEDA) — all three posts being held simultaneously.
The court passed the order on September 2, while fixing September 15 as next date of hearing.
The petition has been filed by Jitendra Kumar Goel, a Noida-based social activist, through his counsel Sanjay Kumar Mishra.
The petitioner had pointed out that at least six officials, including Rama Raman, Santosh Yadav (currently the CEO of YEDA) and other senior officials holding various positions in the three authorities have not been transferred out of industrial development bodies or the two districts — Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad — for a long time.
“Our main prayer is that they should be transferred from these three authorities. Besides, many irregularities have come to light during their tenures. We have also prayed for inquiry by the CBI into their assets, which we submit are disproportionate to their known sources of income,” said Mishra.
“Our argument is that, while (suspended former engineer-in-chief of the three authorities) Yadav Singh’s case is being investigated by the CBI, it can’t be possible that he was the sole person involved in the wrongdoing,” added Mishra.
The CBI is investigating into the charges against Yadav Singh, which include alleged amassing of disproportionate assets and his rapid rise in the Noida authority.
The court said: “If the allegations made in the writ petitions are correct then prima facie it is established that respondents (No. 11 to 16 —- all six officials) are blue-eyed boys of the state government. By way of example of respondent No.11, Sri Rama Raman, is presently posted as CEO of Noida, Greater Noida and chairman of Yamuna Expressway authority. He has remained posted in these authorities for years together.”
“We fail to understand as to why the state government could not appoint any other officer and why Sri Rama Raman has not been transferred to any other post in any other district, what is so special about him and why should he remain as head of three authorities at the same time,” the court said.
Rama Raman has been posted in Noida since July 5, 2010, on deputation.
However, the counsel for YEDA submitted that Santosh Yadav had taken over as the chairman of YEDA in June.
Incidentally, the petition points out that Santosh Yadav, too, has remained in Noida and Ghaziabad on various posts.
The respective counsel for the three authorities submitted that the officers posted in Noida, Greater Noida and YEDA do not hold transferable posts.
Upon this, the court pointed out: “We may record that the posts in all development authorities in the state, established under the UP Urban Planning Development Act, are transferable posts. The chief secretary must explain as to why the post in these industrial development authorities have not been made transferable”.
The court further directed the chief secretary to explain whether posts held by Rama Raman are cadre posts and whether cadre rules admit appointment by deputation or not.
Also, the court ordered: “Particulars of their place of posting since they have entered into government service/ service of industrial development authority must be disclosed in form of a chart. Personal affidavit must be filed by the chief secretary by the next date in response to what is stated above.”