New Delhi: A Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs has been sent back to his parent cadre after he was allegedly found to have leaked sensitive information regarding border contracts. Joint Secretary (Border Management) Sada Kant, has been sent back to his parent cadre Uttar Pradesh.
Home Ministry said that Kant has been sent back to his parent cadre because there was an allegation against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Sources told CNN-IBN that pending inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), it was felt appropriate that he be repatriated to his cadre and so he was repatriated on May 20, 2011.
The Ministry has already given permission to the CBI to question Kant. Kant is alleged to be part of a trust which built a Hanuman temple worth Rs 15-20 lakh in his home town, which was actually a quid pro quo by the contractor who was favoured by him.
CBI sources say Kant has been recently named in an old FIR pertaining to construction of a road in Leh where he allegedly misused his office to favour to one of the contractors building the road.
However, Kant denied the allegations and said he was on leave.
"I am on leave. I have received the repatriation order. I am not aware of any allegation against me. In my 28-year long career no wrong doing has ever been alleged. I am saddened by these allegations," he said.
Sada Kant, working with the Ministry of Home Affairs has been prematurely repatriated
to his parent cadre - Uttar Pradesh - after the CBI wanted to question him over corruption charges.
Sada Kant, a 1983 batch IAS officer, who has been serving the MHA as Joint Secretary (Border Management) has been sent back to the parent cadre before completion of his five year Central deputation after CBI sought sanction for his questioning.
A Home Ministry spokesperson said there was an allegation against Kant under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Pending enquiry by the CBI, it was felt appropriate that he be repatriated to his cadre. Accordingly, he was repatriated on May 20.
"The MHA gave the sanction to the CBI for questioning the joint secretary while sending him back to his parent cadre," a source said.
Kant has been in Central deputation since 2007 and supposed to complete the term in 2012.
This is a third instance in recent times that an MHA official is under the scanner.
Earlier, two IAS officer working with the Home Ministry were arrested for different charges. O Ravi, a Joint Secretary, was arrested on corruption charges while Ravi Inder Singh, a director, was arrested for leaking sensitive information to a telecom company.
(With additional information from PTI)