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SHAME & SCANDAL Dahiya suspended for moral turpitude Departmental Inquiry To Decide If There Are Grounds For Dismissal

August 15, 2019 04:41 AM

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SHAME & SCANDAL
Dahiya suspended for moral turpitude
Departmental Inquiry To Decide If There Are Grounds For Dismissal
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Gandhinagar:

Gujarat-cadre IAS officer Gaurav Dahiya was suspended by the state government for misconduct and moral turpitude on Wednesday, in the wake of the scandal that emerged after a Delhi-based woman accused him of bigamy, cheating and misappropriation of government funds.


The development set babudom abuzz as it is the first time a Gujarat-cadre IAS officer has been suspended for bigamy charges.

The disciplinary action was initiated against the 2010-batch officer after an inquiry committee indicted him in its report. The committee was formed after the Delhi-based woman, who said she was his ‘second wife’, filed an application of complaint against Dahiya, accusing him of bigamy, criminal intimidation and breach of trust.

Chief secretary J N Singh said that the committee found substance in the allegations of bigamy and professional misconduct, which led the government to suspend him.

“The government will begin a formal departmental inquiry against Dahiya to decide on if there are sufficient grounds to dismiss him from service. Further action will be taken on the basis of the departmental inquiry. Police will take action separately according to the law,” Singh said.

Dahiya had held the position of director, National Health Mission, in the state health and family welfare department. After the complaint, he was transferred as joint secretary to the planning section of the general administration department (GAD).

CM Vijay Rupani had on July 25 ordered an inquiry by a committee, headed by IAS officer Sunaina Tomar, principal secretary, ports and transport, to probe the allegations against Dahiya. The committee submitted its report to the government last week.

Apart from the bigamy charge, where Dahiya was found to have married the Delhi woman in a temple while he was yet to formalize his divorce with his first wife, the inquiry committee recommended a further probe into his suspect financial dealings.

The panel noted in its report that Dahiya has a licenced pistol and both his first and second wife had alleged that he had threatened them with the weapon. The inquiry committee also submitted statements of various persons who deposed stating that Dahiya had misused his position as the mission director of National Health Mission.

 

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