Ten months after he was appointed Member (Finance) at the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), Indian Post and Telecommunication Finance Service (IP&TAFS) officer Ashish Joshi received marching orders from the Delhi government on Thursday evening.
Joshi, who had alleged that AAP volunteers had misbehaved with him, had last month stirred up a storm after being asked to relinquish additional charge as member-secretary of the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC).
The repatriation of the senior bureaucrat to the Central government comes 10 days after he wrote an email to Delhi chief secretary K K Sharma urging him to bring “recent unfortunate and humiliating incidents” to the notice of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The order issued on Wednesday read: “The competent authority has approved for repatriation of Ashish Joshi, Member (Finance) DUSIB, to his parent cadre with immediate effect. Pankaj Asthana, Member (Administration) will look after the functions of the Member (Finance) till further orders in addition to his own duty.” It was signed by P K Raghav, Director (Administration), DUSIB.
While Joshi refused to comment when approached, an update he made on his personal page on a social networking site post 11 pm on April 16 read: “An example of much touted good governance model. I was handed over repatriation orders at 8.50 pm by the Delhi government. The orders were sent by special messenger to my residence (in R K Puram). Will join my parent cadre (Ministry of Communications and IT) tomorrow.”
Joshi had applied to a Delhi government’s advertisement inviting applications for the post of Member (Finance) of DUSIB. He was selected for the job in June 2014 and had a three-year tenure.
On April 7, Joshi had written to Sharma that he was asked to give up the charge he held at the DDC as he was “unable to issue orders to the AAP volunteers working on casual basis in DDC”. He also cited an incident on March 19, when three AAP volunteers allegedly barged into his office at the DDC in Chanakyapuri and misbehaved with him.