The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday issued a notice to former Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan asking why disciplinary action should not be taken against them under the relevant laws. The 1983 batch IAS officer has retired from his service almost seven months ago. Andhra Chief Secretary Aditya Nath Das has issued a notice against him.
The Andhra government has alleged that they violated the provisions of the All India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968. It also states that the retired officer ‘misused the rules and laws and procedures set for his personal benefit on his own chair’.
What is the whole matter?
This is the case in 2005 and 2006 under the AIS (Leave) Rules to convert extraterinary leave to arned leave / half-pay leave. Preeti Sudan had given an extortionary leave from March 1, 2005 for the next year. She was then the managing director of AP State Civil Supplies Corporation. She was going to her family in the United States.
After this, he sought permission from the government to spend his time in USA in a study with Development Research Unit of World Bank. At that time her husband Randeep Sudan was also in USA. He was also an officer of the 1983 IAS batch and was posted there. Preeti Sudan’s holiday was later extended till 31 May 2006. She retired from service on 31 July last year. Before this, his tenure was extended by three months.
The Under Secretary Office of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare changed his extraterritorial leave to Arned Leave / Half-Pay Leave (vide an Office Memorandum No. A- 19011/1/2017-Estt.I, dated February 12, 2020) . After this, Sudan wrote a letter on February 25, 2020, saying that there is no action pending now, so ‘this case is closed from here too’.
Now Andhra government has taken up this matter
Now, the Andhra Government has questioned this memorandum and disqualified it and said that it has been issued under the influence of the then Secretary of the Central Government. Chief Secretary Das has said in his notice, “As per the consent of the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, the Government of Andhra Pradesh is the competent authority to change the holidays already issued and the matter is under discussion with them.”
Further in the notice, on a letter sent by the Department of Personnel and Training in the name of his office, the Chief Secretary has said that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India has no interference right to take action on this letter. ‘ He has further said, ‘In such a situation, he (Sudan) is given two weeks’ time to present his side. They have to tell why disciplinary action should not be taken against them. If no response comes from their side, then it will be assumed that they do not have any explanation and action will be taken against them based on the available material.