In an apparent lapse by the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left government, an RTI query has revealed that the posting of Loknath Behra as state Vigilance chief had no clearance from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Personnel department.
As per rules, if any officer is posted as state Vigilance chief, even on a temporary basis, permission has to be taken of the Union Home and Personnel Ministries. Apparently, in Behra's case, this has not been followed.
Former State Home Minister and senior Congress legislator Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan termed it "a huge lapse" on the part of the Vijayan government not to have informed the Centre about Behra's appointment.
However, Senkumar after an 11-month legal battle got his post back through a Supreme Court directive.
According to RTI activist D.B. Binu, not seeking approval of the Union Home and Personnel ministries is "a clear violation of all rules and procedures". He said "the rules are very clear that the state government has to inform the Centre and get clearance for appointment to the posts of Vigilance chief, and in this case it has not happened."
"Now all the Vigilance cases that Behra has probed should be reopened," said Binu.
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