Andhra government on Thursday suspended senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Jasti Krishna Kishore over allegations of irregularities during his tenure as the CEO of the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB). This came after an internal report from Industries Infrastructure, Investments and Commerce department. Chief Secretary of the Andhra government, Neelam Sawhney, issued the orders.
Kishore had been appointed as the APEDB CEO in September 2015 by the then Chandrababu Naidu-led government and held the post till YS Jagan Mohan Reddy came to power in May this year.
Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP government had set up the APEDB in a move to attract investments and improving the ease of doing business rank of the state. Naidu had chosen Kishore to be the first CEO of the APEDB.
Thursday’s government order (GO) stated that the decision was taken as per the norms in Clause 10 Central Civil Services while stating that the order will come into force immediately. The GO said that Krishna Kishore’s suspension shall be in place till the conclusion of disciplinary proceedings in “public interest.” The Director-General (DG) of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) and DG, Crime Investigation Department (CID) have been directed to register cases and investigate the charges within six months.
The government has also directed IRS officer Krishna Kishore not to leave the Amaravati headquarters without prior permission of the competent authority. This order will prevent the senior bureaucrat from moving to Delhi. According to reports, Krishna Kishore had earlier tried to go back to join the Central Services.
A senior official told TNM that DG CID will supervise the charges against him.
TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu had earlier alleged foul play by YS Jagan government in booking the officials. Earlier, in November, the Hyderabad police booked Additional Chief Secretary PV Ramesh, who is currently serving for CM YS Jagan's office in Andhra Pradesh, along with two other retired officers.
Soon after YS Jagan Mohan Reddy came to power, the state administration witnessed massive changes. YS Jagan had announced a series of transfers across departments.