With numerous political viewpoints poured in in support of and against the IAS officers’ indignation to the ‘harassment by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), none had spelt out accurately as to what the officers wanted. Postnoon accessed the representation submitted recently by the IAS officers to the Chief Minister in which they laid out what they wanted.
Issues listed and suggestions:
IAS officers required as witnesses should be examined in their respective chambers, as is being done with ministers.
The CBI should include civil servants with knowledge of business rules and experience of decision making in government. Discplinary and punitive measures should be graded according to motives behind the action and degree of involvement.
The Chief Minister should advise the CBI sanction of the state government under whom the officer worked at the time of alleged irregularity, is must for launching of prosecution, permission by department of prosecutions, government of India is an additional requirement, but not a substitute for the primary sanction by state government.
Officers facing criminal prosecution for acts done during the course of discharging duties of their office should be defended legally by the government. The legal cost should be borne by the government.
Certain government decisions are being questioned as irregular, and officers who have processed the papers being questioned. However, no steps seem to have been taken to reverse these irregular decisions. Thus the beneficiaries of such allegedly irregular decisions continue to reap benefits, while the IAS officers who processed the paper work are harassed. Hence government should urgently review, reverse, or reconfirm such decisions.
Admittedly the CBI is investigating high stake decisions of State government. But these decisions could not have been taken without explicit approval of the political executives. These decisions could not have been implemented without explicit and tacit approval of concerned ministers. However political executives are being let off and civil servants are being used as scape goats.