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Corrupt TN officer short listed for IAS

July 17, 2010 01:30 PM

An interview which was held on June 18 for selection for 2009 left many in the government service shocked as one of those short listed was proved to have been complicit in tampering with his service records when he aspired for IAS selection in 2007.

Ten candidates were short listed by the state public department for the interview by a UPSC member and a government of India representative. Among them D Jaganathan, who was the project officer in the District Rural Development Agency in Salem in 2008, faced an inquiry into charges of substituting his Annual Confidential Reports (ACR) for three years (199596, 200202 and 200304).

According to sources the original ACR rating as 'very good' while the revised ones are 'outstanding'. Departments normally propose only names of officers with 'outstanding' ratings for at least five years for IAS selection.

The inquiry was ordered after Jaganathan's name was proposed by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department in 2007 with 10 "outstanding" ratings, and it came to light that he had two sets of ACRs.

The final orders after the inquiry, signed by Principal Secretary K Ashok Vardhan Shetty on November 11, 2008, said Jaganathan was "present in the room when then Director of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Dr Rajaram gave instructions for substitution of the Annual Confidential Report." Though charging Jaganathan with playing a "passive role", the Government took a sympathetic view "keeping in mind the delinquent officer's excellent track record in the past" and ordered that he be let off with a warning.

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