Akshay now in violation service rules as well: SKM

Gangtok, 18 Jul:

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha’s senior vice-president, TN Dhakal, who is also Political Advisor to the Chief Minister, today contended that Additional DGP Akshay Sachdeva’s act holding a press conference and seeking public support for himself was a gross violation of the provision of the All India Service [Conduct] Rules.

He added that the matter was also sub-judice at present since it was still being heard by the Supreme Court so it was highly inappropriate on the part of the officer to go public with his position and try to influence public opinion on the matter. He stressed that this amounted to gross misconduct.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Dhakal said, “Social media is not the right forum for the officer to seek redressal. If he has any grievances, he should have gone through the DGP and the Chief Secretary. By spinning his own narrative through social media, he has tried to gain public sympathy and political patronage.”

He added that Mr Akshay’s actions were immature and even premature at this moment.

He added that the officer “appears to have acted in such an undisciplined manner in anticipation of action being taken against him because his suspension was done only on the night of 16 July in compliance with order of the Supreme Court.” Mr Sachdeva had addressed a press conference a day later on 17 July.

“The officer being an ADGP and IPS should know that suspension is not punishment. A proper departmental enquiry will follow and justice will be delivered. At present, the enquiry has not even started and it is possible that he has compelled the authorities to add one more charge to the enquiry – that of him violating the All India Services Conduct Rules by going on social media and speaking out of turn,” he said.

Similarly, Financial Advisor to the CM, CL Denzongpa, also a former bureaucrat, also commented that Mr Akshay had violated the All India Services Conduct Rules.

SKM spokesperson and Political Secretary to the CM, Jacob Khaling, said, “We are not against Akshay Sachdeva and have been asking for the justice from the court. Akshay Sachdeva broke the law so we went to the Supreme Court. If he takes his suspension order as injustice then he can also approach the courts.”