NOW, none other than political heavyweight and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa has come forward to rescue 1990 batch IAS C Umashankar calling his suspension a case of victimization for taking on Maran brothers and another industrialist. Umashankar allegedly used fake SC certificates to enter into civil services.
Earlier, Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) gave full support to the suspended IAS by sticking posters in his favour. (Read: BSP’s postering in Umashankar’s favour)
Now, Jayalalithaa says the suspension smacks of victimization by the minority DMK government and made him a scapegoat after relations between Karunanidhi and Maran families improved.
She argued that Karunanidhi announced the launch of Arasu Cable Corporation (ACC) to pose a challenge to the Maran brothers' Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV), and made Umashankar the MD of ACC with a specific mandate from Karunanidhi to eliminate Maran brothers’ cable entity. She also said that Rs 400 cr was invested in the entity.
Jayalalithaa further argued that the IAS officer, who had been given a mandate by Karunanidhi to take on Maran brothers, was made the scapegoat and the new cable entity, ACC was made dysfunctional.
Action and Appointments
a) The ACC has approved the appointment of SK Srivastava, a 1978 batch
cadre IAS presently additional secretary in the ministry of labour and employment as additional secretary in the ministry of mines. Assam
b) Dr Rakesh Sarwal, a 1988 batch Manipur-Tripura cadre IAS, presently working as joint secretary in the department of public enterprises has been appointed as joint secretary in the department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy on lateral transfer basis.
c) Ajay Kumar Singh, a 1987 batch Assam cadre IAS IAS, presently working as director in the department of land resources has been appointed as deputy Director General, in the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) (joint secretary level).
d) The appointment of BP Sharma, a 1981 batch
Bihar cadre IAS as joint secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat has been cancelled.
e) Upendra Tripathi, a 1980 batch Karnataka cadre IAS, presently joint secretary in the ministry of minority affairs has been appointed as joint secretary in the cabinet secretariat.
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