news Friday, May 01, 2015 - 05:30
The government has forcibly retired an IAS officer, M N Vijaykumar, just three days prior to the completion of his tenure. Additionally, the officer who has a clean reputation has also been denied full retirement benefits on charges of 'indiscipline', reported the New Indian Express. An IAS officer of the 1981 batch, the Karnataka government secretariat sent him a letter stating, "the Department of Personnel and Training has imposed the penalty of Compulsory Retirement on the charged Officer...with the direction that the retirement benefits admissible to him shall be two-thirds of the admissible amount of pension prescribed by All India Services..." Though Vijaykumar had reached the age of superannuation on April 4th, his service was extended until the end of month. However, on April 27th, his service to the government was abruptly terminated.  The officer was known to crack down upon corrupt officers and was known to be man of principle. The report quoted a senior IAS officer who said, “Many in the administration ganged up against him." Vijaykumar had been transferred several times during his career and had received death threats on four occasions, a Times Now report said. Speaking to Times Now channel, wife of the officer, Jayashree Vijaykumar, said that she was personally very happy that Vijaykumar was alive inspite of being punished and she could not value his 1/3 cut in pension to his life. She said there was need to highlight the existing "IAS mafia" because by "targeting an honest officer like Vijaykumar, the government was trying to send a strong message to all honest officers across the country that if you are going to remain honest and if you are not going to compromise on corruption, this will be your fate. They have not punished Vijaykumar, they are targeting future Vijaykumars to toe the line." .
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