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Proceedings against IAS officer shunted over Covid ‘mismanagement’ dropped

An administrative inquiry had been set up against Singh by the government on March 30 last year following his interaction with the Chief Minister.

By: Express News Service | Noida |
Updated: May 23, 2021 11:23:46 am
UP drops proceedings against IAS officer shunted over Covid mismanagementAn administrative inquiry had been set up against BN Singh by the government on March 30th last year following his interaction with the CM Yogi Adityanath. (File photo)

The Uttar Pradesh government has withdrawn proceedings against an IAS officer who was shunted for alleged Covid mismanagement last year. B N Singh was removed from the post of District Magistrate, Gautam Buddh Nagar, after UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath questioned his Covid prevention measures during the early days of the virus breakout in March 2020.

An administrative inquiry had been set up against Singh by the government on March 30 last year following his interaction with the Chief Minister. The officer, in September, had provided a written answer in response to the allegations of government officials. The medical and home department officials found the response satisfactory and withdrawal of enquiry was initiated.

On Saturday, the government issued a fresh order stating that disciplinary action has been formally withdrawn. The 2009 batch Indian Administrative Service officer will now await posting after the enquiry was dropped at the preliminary stage.

On March 30, the CM had expressed displeasure over Noida’s Covid containment measures after a cluster had emerged in a fire safety firm which led to several cases. After a heated exchange of words between Singh and Chief Minister Adityanath during a meeting, the officer requested to go on a three-month leave.

“For personal reasons, I would like to be sent on leave for three months and I do not want to continue in the post of DM. To ensure that there is no administrative discontinuity in the efforts against coronavirus, kindly appoint another officer,” Singh had said in a statement.

Officials had alleged that negligence in duty led to spread of infections in the district. The order issued last year had said: “A departmental enquiry, which will be headed by an IAS officer, has been set up against B N Singh. The primary charge against the official is that the fire safety firm in Noida was not sealed in time, which contributed to rise of coronavirus cases in the district. He stands attached to the Board of Revenue in the interim.”

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