Sacked secy had tried to impose his choice of officer for CBI posting, gave him specific charge in CISF
GN Bureau | February 6, 2015
Anil Goswami has been sacked as home secretary for stalling the arrest of an accused in the Saradha scam. The government action came a day after Governance Now reported on Goswami’s links with the accused, Matang Sinh (Matang’s clout brings governance under cloud). But, of course, Goswami has a long history of questionable ways. He had set several precedents in the home ministry which of late became a turf for playing “favourites”. One of them relates to the recent posting of RS Pachnanda, a 1983 batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre, as additional director general of the central industrial security force (CISF), in charge of the security of airports.
In fact, the prerogative of assigning a particular role to any officer in the CISF rests with the director general (DG) who heads the force. For the first time, Goswami threw this propriety to the wind and issued the transfer order with a particular assignment for Pachnanda.
Pachnanda was a favourite officer of Goswami who entered into a verbal duel the with the then CBI chief Ranjit Sinha in 2013. Sinha, however, refused to induct him in the CBI as additional director.
Read the full story: Bureaucratic battles over CBI posting: what really happened
Since then Goswami has been targeting officers known to be close to Sinha and trying to manipulate transfers of his favourites. Pachnanda’s proximity to Matang Sinh was known to be another reason for the strong bonding between him and Goswami.
The VVIP welcome accorded by the CISF at Kolkata airport on Matang’s arrival for CBI interrogation was also intended to display his clout and influence the investigation. As the controversy over Goswami’s conduct intensifies, Pachnanda’s name is also being mentioned as an officer who made frequent calls to officials in the CBI to intercede on behalf of Matang.
Goswami is first official to go for questionable conduct; Goyal is new boss at Home
The winter session of parliament this year is going to be from December 15 to January 5, which will result in fewer sittings and impact legislative productivity. When parliament meets for a fewer days, it is bound to have an adverse impact on the work. The parliamentarians do get to spend mo
People in India are most affected by global internet policies, said secretary, department of telecommunications, Aruna Sundararajan. Flagging the challenges of national governance, Sundararajan said on social media India has the largest number of users.
Three passengers were killed and around a dozen sustained grievous injuries after nine coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailed near Manikpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday morning. Similarly, 14 wagons of a goods train also jumped off the track near Cuttack in Odisha.
Should Patidars of Gujarat be given reservation?
SV Nathan, partner and chief talent officer, Deloitte India spoke to Praggya Guptaa about the current job market situation and the upcoming opportunities in India. How would you assess the job market situation in India? If you look at the economy today
It did not surprise me when the India: health of the nation’s states, the India state-level disease burden initiative report released recently reported malnutrition the prime risk factor driving the most deaths and disability in Madhya Pradesh. Even in 1990 malnutrition was the frontrunner and after