The Telangana IAS Officers’ Association filed a complaint against two TRS MLAs to Chief Secretary SP Singh on Friday, for misbehaving and verbally abusing two collectors in the state.
While Shankar Nayak, a member of the Telangana assembly from Mahabubabad had misbehaved with District Collector Preeti Meena, Yadagiri Reddy from Jangaon, had verbally abused District Collector Devasena.
According to reports, Association president and Special Chief Secretary B.P. Acharya, requested that an investigation into the Mahbubabad incident be entrusted to a woman officer not below the rank of IG.
They also demanded that a mechanism be put into place, to formally address such grievances in the future.
“Since the incident involves the offence of outraging the modesty of women, no less than the district collector, the investigation of the offence must be entrusted to a senior lady IPS officer not below the rank of IG. A crime is a crime and the law will take its course," Acharya was quoted as saying.
On Thursday, police arrested Shankar Nayak, on a complaint by Meena, after taking permission from assembly Speaker Madhusudhana Chary.
Nayak allegedly grabbed the Collector's upper arm during a plantation programme in Mahabubabad town on Wednesday.
Police said a case under sections 353, 354 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the MLA.
He has been charged with assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of duty and insulting the modesty of a woman.
The case was registered on a complaint by the Collector, who was not satisfied with the MLA's apology. A police officer said the MLA was released on bail by the police station.
The incident triggered a protest by employees in the Collector's office. They threatened to go on strike if action was not taken against Nayak.
Taking serious note of the incident, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao directed the MLA to meet the Collector and tender an unconditional apology.
He also warned the MLA that he would be suspended from the party if he failed to mend his ways.
Nayak later met the Collector and tendered an apology. He clarified that he did not touch her deliberately. The Collector was not satisfied with the MLA's apology and lodged a complaint with the police.
An emergency meeting of the Telangana IAS Officers Association, at its meeting on Wednesday evening, condemned the MLA's behaviour.
In the past, the Collector had complained to the Chief Secretary against the MLA for sitting in her chamber in her absence.