By GAUTAM DATT PUBLISHED: 20:51 GMT, 2 November 2012 Mail Today
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Thursday took the unprecedented action of sacking an officer who claimed to be a whistleblower.
Senior administrative officer Prakash Singh, posted at the Defence Science Centre at Metcalfe House in North Delhi, was served with compulsory retirement order.
Singh was due to retire on December 31, 2023. But a DRDO team visited his house at Timarpur and pasted the retirement notice on the wall. Sources said Singh, who had taken leave from work on medical grounds, was not at home at that time. Singh plans to challenge the move in court.
He claimed the action against him was taken by officiating DRDO head H. Selvamurthy in the absence of scientific advisor to the defence minister, V.K. Saraswat, who is on leave.
Serving compulsory retirement notice is the harshest punishment that can be given to a government servant. DRDO sources said the action was taken strictly in adherence to the government rules.
The administrative officer is responsible for the functioning of a laboratory, but Singh had remained absent from work for two years in his previous assignments, they alleged.
The sources said Singh had a history of non-performance and trouble making.
He had made complaints against his seniors in the past which were found to be false, they added.
However, reliable sources said Singh was ‘punished’ for highlighting widespread corruption in DRDO.
The officer had filed a complaint with the CBI against three senior functionaries: Manas Kumar Mandal (director, institute of psychological research), Dr Anil Kumar Maini (director, Laster Science and Technology Centre) and Dr Arun Kumar (director, personnel, at the headquarters).
The CBI referred his complaint to the vigilance department of DRDO. One of these officers – Arun Kumar – was indicted in a recruitment scam by the Central Vigilance Commission that recommended penalty against him in August.
But the DRDO inquiry dismissed the charges of irregularities levelled against the three officials and recommended disciplinary action against Singh for making false complaints.
Coman Man says
This is Jealous type work by drdo . they dismiss to honest & protect to corrupt. drdo manage all other PMO member for this work , what is justice ? drdo is big corruption planner team in DRDO HQ . rule is equal for all .
money spend system in drdo , a) EMU – maintenance of all residential quarter . now this EMU start work inside the complex . b) MES – maintenance of all electrical & water supply work . c) EME – this is military vehicle repairing workshop , without drdo vehicle repairing they spend money , on paperer this unit is very clean but top corrupt.d) AROMI – free eating facility for top scientist project fund use for eating work .e) IDST – after retire service scientist joint this department who is not give any out in service life they give the service for money eating aim only. rule is like private drdo company . now time is come to drdo out from Defence Ministry .
Hate Corruption says
In this country no one can raise voice against corruption if any one dares he will be removed by the corrupt officials/politicians.
coman man says
encounter of all corrupt officer in drdo may be need for clean drdo . wast of time & public money . this is chatting of public fund . this is anti national work done by drdo . punishment only encounter .
Respected sir, coman man , pls do not say that drdo is doning anti national work, yes big corruption is there but they have devloped systems also, which we should appreciate,,,, any way you may say that its a faltu tech. but remamber the fact that if you compare other indian tech. sectors you will find drdo a way ahead. And also when you make a comment for a group of people based on sayings of sombody , u always make a mistake, see u can compare yourself with peoples who call india as corrupt country with indians as corrupt people. And tell me r u corrupt becos u r an indian and should be thrown out of the world.