Delhi services dept asks Bharadwaj to decide fate of secy accused of misconduct

Delhi government’s Services Department has urged Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj to consider continuing or surrendering the services of his secretary, who is accused of “misconduct” during his previous stint with the NDMC.
There was no immediate reaction from the government to the communication.
In a communication to Bharadwaj, who holds multiple portfolios in Water, Health, Irrigation and Flood Control, and Urban Development, the department highlighted the previous incidents of his secretary Om Prakash Mishra’s misconduct.
One of the instances pertains to his tenure at the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the communication said. “CBI, submitted its report dated January 24, 2022, to the NDMC along with a self-contained note, whereby CBI informed the NDMC that the competent authority of CBI has recommended departmental action against Om Prakash Mishra for handing over the operation of parking lots at NDMC to DIMTS Ltd. without the approval of the council of the NDMC, despite repeated advice by the finance and legal departments and without the signing of the MoU,” it said. Mishra, a DANICS officer, is currently serving as secretary to Bharadwaj.
“I am further directed to request that, keeping in view the confirmed misconducts, during discharging of duties, by the aforesaid officer, which are of serious and grave nature and under investigation by several authorities like CBI, MHA, and DOV (GNCTD), it is humbly requested to kindly consider whether to continue or surrender the services of O P Mishra, DANICS: 1995, or any suitable officer can be posted with a clear vigilance record, since your office deals with the sensitive nature of public
work,” it said.

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