BJP seeks action against IAS officer, KSOU VC

BJP MLC G Madhusudana, on the Good Governance Day, has shot letters - one to the Governor and another to the Prime Minister - seeking action against two individuals who hold high positions.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25, Madhusudana has sought the suspension of IAS officer Amita Prasad as the Joint Secretary, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India.

In his seven-page letter, the MLC has said that the officer, who was the director general of the Administrative Training Institute, Mysuru, should be suspended till the completion of the inquiry by Karnataka Upalokyaukta Justice Subhash Adi was over.

Recalling the controversy surrounding IAS officer, the BJP leader charged that  the director general had misused and misappropriated large public funds. The present director general through several letters to the State government had sought a detailed CAG audit from 2008-14 and investigation by the Lokayukta / CBI.

Attempts are being made to conduct a diluted inquiry through a bureaucrat. She has not even submitted an explanation to the Upalokayukta in spite of several complaints, he said.

The MLC said that Amita Prasad has been now entrusted with an important assignment of Ganga rejuvenation, wherein thousands of crores of different tenders and contracts are being finalised by her. It is improper and unjust to entrust such work.

He has marked the copy of the letter to Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati, BJP national president Amit Shah, besides Adi. In his letter to Governor Vajubhai Vala, Madhusudana reminded him that he had rightly ordered an inquiry against the present and former vice-chancellors of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU).

The former vice-chancellor is K C Rangappa, who is now the vice-chancellor of the University of Mysore and M G Krishnan is the present vice-chancellor of KSOU.

However, the MLC has not mentioned the names. The BJP leader said the Justice Bhaktavatsala Committee had indicted both the present and former vice-chancellors for causing heavy financial losses to the University and for abusing power. The report was submitted in mid-October this year.

“After receiving the report, you had ordered criminal proceedings against the officers of KSOU. You had given a time-frame of one month from November 3 for lodging a criminal complaint. Even after a lapse of 22 days, the officials have not taken steps to comply with your orders. You have to step in, to safeguard the sanctity of your own orders,” he said.

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