IAS officer faces showcause for misconduct

IAS officer faces showcause for misconductIAS officer Kannan Gopinathan

Before he quit ostensibly over curbs imposed in Kashmir, IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan was issued a showcause notice in July by the Union Home...

New Delhi: Before he quit ostensibly over curbs imposed in Kashmir, IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan was issued a showcause notice in July by the Union Home Ministry for indulging in various acts of "omission and commission" which constitute "misconduct" as well as "dereliction of duty".

The ministry cited "dereliction" of duty in the administrative works of the 33-year-old officer in the show cause notice served on him on July 8. Among the various " omissions" and "commissions" cited, the ministry had said the officer posted in Puducherry had failed to submit a report on 2018 Kerala floods.

Sources said as the officer was to be sacked for his conduct and was given 10 days time to revert back with his clarification to the ministry, he quit the coveted government job on August 21, stating that he was "disturbed" over the curbs imposed in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5.

After Gopinathan's resignation, it was widely reported in media that he was issued showcause notice after his comments on Kashmir. Now it has come to light that the IAS officer's move followed the showcause notice in which the Home Ministry had proposed for appropriate disciplinary action from the Union Territory of Daman and Diu, and Dadar and Nagar Haveli in his case.

The 2012-batch AGMUT cadre officer from Kerala was posted in Dadra and Nagar Haveli as Power and Non-Conventional Energy Secretary. The Centre's notice was issued after the two Union Territories had brought it to the knowledge of the Ministry that Gopinathan had been indulging in various acts of "ommission and commission", which constitute misconduct within the meaning of the rule (3) of the All India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968.

The Union Territories had informed the ministry through a letter dated June 11, that Gopinathan had been indulging in acts of "insubordination, adoption of dilatory tactics and dereliction of duty".

The officer was charged for delay of nine months from his part in submitting a file to amend the policy regarding discontinuation of issue of Permanent Residence Certificate, among other charges.

The officer was asked to get the work of underground electrical cabling and shifting of electric poles completed by May 2018 to enable early execution of projects of beautification of roads from Naroli to Saheed Chowk to Samarwani in Dadar and Nagar Haveli.

However, the poles were not shifted till March 2019, the Home Ministry notice said. Gopinathan even bypassed the prescribed reporting channel, the notice said, adding three such instances dated June 26, 2018, July 16, 2018 and October 15, 2018 for appointment of Director on the board of DNH Power Distribution Company Ltd were also there.

"Gopinathan had submitted files directly to the administrator without routing them through advisor to the administrator," the notice accessed by IANS mentions.

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