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Misconduct slur on officer

Patna, March 4: A lady officer posted as the senior joint director at the directorate of food processing of the industries department has accused department principal secretary Naveen Verma of misbehaving with her.

Sujata Chalana, an officer of Bihar Administrative Service, in a complaint sent to the Bihar Administrative Service Association (Basa) said on February 24, the principal secretary, angry over some official work, allegedly threw a file on her face and used offensive language before asking her to leave the room.

Verma, a 1982 batch IAS officer, also allegedly threatened her that he would spoil her confidential report. Acting on Chalana’s complaint, the Basa has requested the general administration department to probe into the incident and take appropriate action after informing chief minister Nitish Kumar about the incident.

Basa general secretary Sushil Kumar said they were doing the best to follow up the case with the general administration department. “Verma allegedly threw the file on her face and used offensive language before threatening to spoil her work record and asking her to leave his chamber. Our association condemns the incident,” said Sushil.

Chalana said over phone: “I am in Katihar. Once I return to Patna on Wednesday morning, I would first study the incident and then comment.” Principal secretary Verma said: “I don’t know what she (Chalana) has written and to whom. She has never said or spoken anything to me. I don’t have any comments to make.”

Sources said copies of the complaint had been sent to industries minister Renu Kumari. Renu said: “We have apprised the general administration department of the incident and a letter has been written to the chief minister.”


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