Top home official shunted over Ram temple letter row

According to the website,now Gupta has also been made the Principal Secretary for Prisons and Vigilance department.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: October 16, 2013 5:29:01 am

Uttar Pradesh government Tuesday removed RM Srivastava from the post of Principal Secretary (Home),days after two other officials of the Home Department were suspended in connection with a controversial letter convening meeting of administration and police officers “to discuss the construction of a temple at Ramjanmabhoomi” in Ayodhya.

Srivastava,who was posted as Principal Secretary (Home),soon after the SP came to power in March,2012,has been replaced by 1979-batch officer Anil Kumar Gupta,who was posted as member of the Board of Revenue.

While,there was no official statement from the government about the transfer,the website of Appointment department showed that Srivastava has been appointed as Principal Secretary of Institutional Finance department.

According to the website,now Gupta has also been made the Principal Secretary for Prisons and Vigilance department. Srivastava was the principal secretary of both the departments.

Sivastava’s transfer is presumed to be a fallout of the controversy,which had erupted over the communique issued by then Secretary (Home) Sarvesh Chandra Mishra on October 8 to senior police and administration officers for a meeting on October 14. The letter’s subject was mentioned as: “Regarding the construction of temple at Ramjanmabhoomi like the reconstruction of Somnath temple,with the enacting of a parliamentary law by Gove- rnment of India.”

On Saturday,Srivastava had said that the meeting notice had “mistakenly” carried the intelligence input collected about the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Sankalp Diwas agenda,as subject. He said the meeting was meant to discuss the law and order situation over the programmes proposed by the VHP as part of its Sankalp Diwas.

Srivastava had said it was the result of a “clerical mistake” and “negligence” on part of some officials,and the meeting notice was not related to any decision about government policy. The government had ordered an inquiry into the issuing of the notice.

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