PARIMAL RAI, who has replaced Vijay Dev as the UT Adviser, is a high-profile AGMUT cadre IAS officer of the 1985 batch who has been at the centre of a fair share of controversies while serving in Delhi.
He is known as the officer who politely declined to take up the post of chief secretary in Delhi after AAP came to power, thanking Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for the trust reposed in him, but opting out perhaps because he did not wish to be part of the tussle between the AAP government and the Centre.
As chairman of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation between 2007 and 2011, he was named by the Central Bureau of Investigation in its investigation of the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam in construction of stadia. He was considered close to former Congress chief minister Shiela Dikshit, but the Modi government too denied CBI permission to prosecute him.
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Rai, who was the then NDMC chairman was booked by the CBI in alleged irregularities in the construction of Convention Centre which allegedly caused a loss of Rs 15 crore to the exchequer.