OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA: VICTIMISATION OF HONEST CIVIL SERVANTS

4 October 2019

Dear Sir,

We write to you to express the deep concern of our group of former civil servants at the selective targeting of retired and serving officers, apparently for gaining narrow political advantages.

Having served government all our working lives, it is our duty to point out the very dangerous repercussions that the latest move to prosecute four former officers of the Ministry of Finance – Smt. Sindhushree Khullar, Shri Anup Pujari,  Shri Prabodh Saxena and Shri Rabindra Prasad – in the INX Media case are bound to have on serving officers. Government had made an effort to avoid policy paralysis by amending the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act last year and making it mandatory to obtain the prior sanction of government before prosecuting retired and serving officers. This latest move will serve as a severe dampener to this effort. It will only seem to confirm the worst apprehensions of civil servants, namely, that they will be afforded no protection for bona fide acts in the performance of their official duties. Henceforth, it will not be surprising if civil servants procrastinate before processing and examining every proposal of importance, as they have no guarantee that they would not be implicated in criminal proceedings many years later.

It is most unfortunate that officers, especially those no longer in service, are made to bear the brunt of criminal proceedings that originate from settling of political scores. All regimes, irrespective of their political affiliations, at both central and state levels, have been guilty of this transgression. Serving officials will naturally be demotivated if diligent and honest officers are selectively targeted for punishment for no fault of theirs other than that they were implementing the policy decisions of the government of the day.

We are of the firm view that Rules must be framed to make the legal principle of estoppel apply on reopening decisions based on information provided at the time the decision was taken. If files are allowed to be exhumed and dissected on the basis of hindsight and that too with no bar on the time that has elapsed, no decisions will be made at all in government. There should be a reasonable period after which files should not be reopened. Officers, particularly after retirement, need that reassurance to lead a peaceful post-government life.

It is indeed a travesty when governance systems spare no effort in ensuring that political elements charged with or prosecuted for very serious offences are given latitude while officers who have faithfully served the nation for over three decades are arraigned on the flimsiest of technical grounds. In the interests of justice, we earnestly urge that there be an early resolution of this issue.

 

Yours faithfully,

(71 signatories, as below)

 

1. Anita Agnihotri IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Department of Social Justice Empowerment, GoI
2. Salahuddin Ahmad IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan
3. V.S. Ailawadi IAS (Retd.) Former Vice Chairman, Delhi Development Authority
4. Shafi Alam IPS (Retd.) Former Director General, National Crime Records Bureau, GoI
5. S.P. Ambrose IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Secretary, Ministry of Shipping & Transport, GoI
6. N. Bala Baskar IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Adviser (Finance), Ministry of External Affairs, GoI
7. G. Balachandhran IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
8. Vappala Balachandran IPS (Retd.) Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI
9. Gopalan Balagopal IAS (Retd.) Former Special Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
10. Chandrashekhar Balakrishnan IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Coal, GoI
11. Sharad Behar IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
12. Madhu Bhaduri IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Portugal
13. Pradip Bhattacharya IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Development & Planning and Administrative Training Institute, Govt. of West Bengal
14. Meeran C Borwankar IPS (Retd.) Former DGP, Bureau of Police Research and Development, GoI
15. Ravi Budhiraja IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, GoI
16. Sundar Burra IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
17. R. Chandramohan IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Secretary, Transport and Urban Development, Govt. of NCT of Delhi
18. K.M. Chandrasekhar IAS (Retd.) Former Cabinet Secretary, GoI
19. Kalyani Chaudhuri IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
20. Anna Dani IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
21. Vibha Puri Das IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI
22. P.R. Dasgupta IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Food Corporation of India, GoI
23. Pradeep K. Deb IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Deptt. Of Sports, GoI
24. Nitin Desai IES (Retd.) Former Secretary and Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, GoI
25. Keshav Desiraju IAS (Retd.) Former Health Secretary, GoI
26. M.G. Devasahayam IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Govt. of Haryana
27. K.P. Fabian IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Italy
28. Gourisankar Ghosh IAS (Retd.) Former Mission Director, National Drinking Water Mission, GoI
29. S.K. Guha IAS (Retd.) Former Joint Secretary, Department of Women & Child Development, GoI
30. Meena Gupta IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, GoI
31. Ravi Vira Gupta IAS (Retd.) Former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India
32. Sajjad Hassan IAS (Retd.) Former Commissioner (Planning), Govt. of Manipur
33. Siraj Hussain IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Department of Agriculture, GoI
34. Kamal Jaswal IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Department of Information Technology, GoI
35. Vinod C. Khanna IFS (Retd.) Former Additional Secretary, MEA, GoI
36. K. John Koshy IAS (Retd.) Former State Chief Information Commissioner, West Bengal
37. Ajai Kumar Indian Forest Service (Retd.) Former Director, Ministry of Agriculture, GoI
38. Arun Kumar IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, GoI
39. Harsh Mander IAS (Retd.) Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
40. Lalit Mathur IAS (Retd.) Former Director General, National Institute of Rural Development, GoI
41. Aditi Mehta IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan
42. Shivshankar Menon IFS (Retd.) Former Foreign Secretary and Former National Security Adviser
43. Sunil Mitra IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoI
44. Deb Mukharji IFS (Retd.) Former High Commissioner to Bangladesh and former Ambassador to Nepal
45. Pranab S. Mukhopadhyay IAS (Retd.) Former Director, Institute of Port Management, GoI
46. Nagalswamy IA&AS (Retd.) Former Principal Accountant General, Tamil Nadu & Kerala
47. Sobha Nambisan IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Secretary (Planning), Govt. of Karnataka
48. P.G.J. Nampoothiri IPS (Retd.) Former Director General of Police, Govt. of Gujarat
49. Amitabha Pande IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Inter-State Council, GoI
50. Alok Perti IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Coal, GoI
51. R.M. Premkumar IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
52. N.K. Raghupathy IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, GoI
53. V.P. Raja IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission
54. C. Babu Rajeev IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, GoI
55. Satwant Reddy IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Chemicals and Petrochemicals, GoI
56. Julio Ribeiro IPS (Retd.) Former Adviser to Governor of Punjab & former Ambassador to Romania
57. Deepak Sanan IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Adviser (AR) to Chief Minister, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
58. S. Satyabhama IAS (Retd.) Former Chairperson, National Seeds Corporation, GoI
59. N.C. Saxena IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Planning Commission, GoI
60. Abhijit Sengupta IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI
61. Ashok Kumar Sharma IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Finland and Estonia
62. Pravesh Sharma IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
63. Raju Sharma IAS (Retd.) Former Member, Board of Revenue, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
64. Rashmi Shukla Sharma IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
65. Sujatha Singh IFS (Retd.) Former Foreign Secretary, GoI
66. Jawhar Sircar

 

IAS (Retd.)

 

Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI, & former CEO, Prasar Bharati
67. Narendra Sisodia IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoI
68. Sanjivi Sundar IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Surface Transport, GoI
69. P.S.S. Thomas IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary General, National Human Rights Commission
70. Hindal Tyabji IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary rank, Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir
71. Ramani Venkatesan

 

IAS (Retd.) Former Director General, YASHADA, Govt. of Maharashtra

 

2 thoughts on “OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA: VICTIMISATION OF HONEST CIVIL SERVANTS

  1. Ranganatham

    I have one question to ask your group of eminent retired bureaucrats.
    Do you have any action plan other than posting these letters to various constitutional authorities.
    If not, how different are you from any other group of people who openly lobby for their own interests through media, through politicians and in the corridors of power be it at the lowest village level office to the highest office of the government at the North Block.
    Otherwise how do you build trust and gain confidence of the common citizen like a celebrity be it a film star or a sportsperson.

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    1. a. sahoo

      it is nominal responsibility of retired bureaucrats that they can fight against corruption before dialogue of govt. a corrupt bureaucrat is better and well known by his colleague compare to political organisation and govt. forming party.

      request to bureaucrats that please publish list of corrupt officer with their corrupt record.

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