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Updated: October 14, 2013 17:14 IST

Kancheepuram Collector suspended

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L. Sitherasenan
L. Sitherasenan

Recently, High Court took serious view of illegal sand quarrying in the district

Apparently taking a dim view of the High Court’s censure of the Kancheepuram district administration over the alleged illegal sand quarrying in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts, the State government has, in an unusual action, suspended Kancheepuram Collector L. Sitherasenan. Two Deputy Tahsildars of the district have also been suspended.

The 57-year-old Mr Sitherasenan, a conferred IAS officer belonging to the 2010 batch, had been holding the post of Kancheepuram Collector for about a year.

On Friday, the government issued the order suspending him. Sources in the State government did not divulge reasons for the action against the Collector but indicated that Mr. Sitherasenan was suspended on “grave charges.”

On Saturday, the IAS Intranet website, in the section showing the current posting of officers, said Mr. Sitherasenan was under suspension. The Kancheepuram district administration website also points to the change, by mentioning District Revenue Officer, M. Sambathkumar, as the Collector (in-charge).

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a former IAS official, who held senior positions in the State government, says that in recent years there was no instance of the government suspending a serving District Collector.

An official in the Kancheepuram district administration says the Deputy Tahsildars – M. T. Rajendran and K. Senthilkumar – were also suspended.

A few weeks ago, the Madras High Court, disposing of a writ petition filed by an association of lorry owners, pulled up the authorities in the Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts and the police for remaining silent on illegalities. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was asked to take stringent action against the officials if prima facie material indicated the offences. Subsequently, a Division Bench stayed the portion of the single judge’s order concerning the CBI probe.

Earlier this week, PUCL (People's Union for Civil Liberties) released a fact-finding report on large-scale illegal sand mining in Palar and Cheyyar river basins in Kancheepuram district. They also produced photographs and video footage to substantiate the charge. Villagers from the area, in an interaction with the media, said there was no action despite repeated representations to the district administration.

wonderful! tamil nadu also copying uttar pradesh akilesh yadav there is no mention for the cause of suspension such drastic action in unilateral and arbitrary manner is against the rules of the Central administrations. State should consult the central govt before taking such stringent action.

from:  NATARAJAN SIVSUBRAMANIAN
Posted on: Oct 14, 2013 at 02:41 IST

I think on many instances, the officials in the administration are made scapegoats to the politicians who perform and control such illegal activities.

from:  S V Bala
Posted on: Oct 14, 2013 at 01:43 IST

There may not be an instance in recent years of the state government suspending a district collector.But that should not be a legitimate reason for not taking that kind of disciplinary action in a justified case.

from:  Khagaraj Sommu
Posted on: Oct 13, 2013 at 23:18 IST

WHY ONLY OFFICIALS ARE ARRESTED? WHY NOT SAND MAFIA DONS?

from:  S RAJ
Posted on: Oct 13, 2013 at 16:46 IST
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