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Union Home Ministry to expedite investigations on tainted officials : 18 Tripura IPS officers failed to file mandatory IPR since 2012; top defaulter IPS officials DIG Arindam Nath,SP Krishnendu Chakraborty hides property returns since 2012
TIWN Nov 25,2017
Union Home Ministry to expedite investigations on tainted officials : 18 Tripura IPS officers failed to file mandatory IPR since 2012; top defaulter IPS officials DIG Arindam Nath,SP Krishnendu Chakraborty hides property returns since 2012
PHOTO : Tripura IPS Top Defaulter's List since 2012: MHA Data as of Nov 25,2017. TIWN

AGARTALA / NEW DELHI, Nov 25 (TIWN): (TIWN Exclusive): Manik Sarkar’s blessings made DIG Arindam Nath the ‘willful’ defaulter in hiding property disclosures, even Chief Minister entrusted his close officer to lead Journalist Sudip Datta Bhaumik investigation. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expedited cases relating to disproportionate assets and corruption registered against Indian Police Service (IPS) officers that have been pending for over 10 years. Tripura’s all top defaulter officials are close coteries of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar. MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) released latest data shows that 18 Tripura cadre IPS officers didn’t file IPR (immovable property disclosure) since 2012, in other words hiding their property and asset details. Officers who do not submit property returns yearly in time will be “denied vigilance clearance” and will not be considered for promotion and empanelment (put on a short-list) for senior posts in Government of India, said a June 2012 home-ministry circular. Tripura’s all top defaulter IPS officials nominated IPS (originally TPS) Arindam Nath, Krishnendu Chakraborty al belong to close coterie of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

As per All-India Service (Conduct) rules, 1968, require officers to disclose these details when they join service and submit an annual property statement—listing properties and shares.

Property declarations bring transparency, improves public confidence in the administration and ensures integrity of subordinates, said many officers.

An officer who does not declare assets is in no position to ask subordinates to do so, out of fear that their own illegal assets will be exposed, said 1981-batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer M N Vijaykumar, who retired in April 2015. Tripura's top IPS defaulters list headed by DGP K.Nagraj, who also was charge-sheeted by CBI in 2007 for misappropriation of assets case in Hyderabad. 

Tripura's other notable IPS defaulters include then State cadre TPS to nominated IPS promotees Arindam Nath, Khatra Joy Reang, Krisnendu Chakraborty in MHA (Ministry of Hime Affairs) list of 2016. They were on same defaulter list since 2012.

Arindam Nath, Krisnendu Chakraborty already labeled themselves as serial IPR defaulters like 'CBI  chargesheeted Thief K.Nagraj since 2012.

But with no action taken against those who default, more officers default, a retired IPS officer told TIWN correspondent.

The home ministry can order departmental inquiries against defaulters or those who file wrong information, but not many such cases have been launched, said former Maharashtra Director General of Police Rahul Gopal.

MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs IPR defaulters List from 2012 can be found in this link :

http://mha1.nic.in/ipr/iprmain.htm

 “Declaration of assets to the public is a way of telling the citizens that you have kept faith in me by permitting me to handle crores of rupees of public money for public use, and I have not exploited your trust,” said Vijaykumar.

Service rules require officers to file annual property returns from their date of appointment. But returns were made public only in 2011 on a government website, as the Hindustan Times reported  that year.

As per MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) released data, More than 28% officers of Indian Police Service (IPS) and about 14% officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have not disclosed details of their immovable property for the year 2015, according to government data.

Following the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013 which provides for the establishment of a body of Lokpal for the Union and Lokayukta for states to inquire into allegations of corruption against public functionaries, officers must now reveal property details of their spouses and children as well.

Tripura’s each of 18 IPS defaulters knew very well the importance of filing IPR (immovable property record) by October 2015. 

Filing IPR is not voluntary, it’s a rule as per all-India Service (Conduct) rules, 1968, require officers to disclose these details when they join service and submit an annual property statement.

Not filing IPR or avoiding filing for years is a direct sign that those IPS officials intend to hide their wealth and assets, in other words a sign of dishonesty and brewing corruption.

Tripura’s ‘CLEAN” Chief Minister always very fond of ‘CLEAN” officials, so it’s no surprise that Manik Sarkar picked the  DIG  Arindam Nath to lead Journalist Sudip Datta Bhaumik murder investogation, who coincidently also achieved the top position in IPR defaulter list.

Rejoinder as per Mr Arindam Nath, DIG Email communication to TIWN on 11/25/2017

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Arindam Nath <arindamnath1962@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Nov 25, 2017 at 12:26 AM
Subject: Rejoinder
To: TRIPURAINFOWAY <tripurainfoway@gmail.com>, "krish.agt68" <krish.agt68@yahoo.in>

Sir,
     I have read your news item under the caption 'Union Home Ministry to expedite investigations on tainted officials:...' My name has been taken into reference.
 
To the best of my knowledge I am regular in submitting my property returns including 'Immovable property return' and I have not received any communique either from my cadre controlling authority or the MHA. However, I shall check if there is any communication gap in this regard. The news has been written to malign my character. Request for amending the news-item.
 
Regards
Arindam Nath
 
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