Bhopal: Shashi Karnawat, the Madhya Pradesh IAS officer who was suspended under the provisions of the All India Service (Discipline and Appeals) Rules,1969, has been terminated by the state government.
The statement of her termination was issued on Monday evening last by the PM government.
It came as a shock to Karnawat, whose appeal was still pending before the court. She said that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had assured her that she would be reinstated.
“Shivraj Bhaiya (chief minister) has betrayed me. I will call a press conference tomorrow and announce my strategy regarding the government decision,” she said.
Madhya Pradesh general administration department (GAD) minister Lal Singh Arya had accused Karnawat of crossing the line of the discipline and violating norms meant for the conduct of a senior government officer. Arya had said, “The state government had already sent a proposal for the termination of her services, earlier, to the Central government and response on the same was awaited.”
Karnawat was deputy secretary in youth and sports welfare department.
She had been promoted to IAS in 1999 but in 2013, she was sentenced to five years in jail by Mandla district court in a corruption case regarding zila panchayat printing scam of 1999-2000.
She received her bail in October 2013 from Madhya Pradesh High Court and was under suspension since then.
Karnawat was continuously pressing for her reinstatement and higher wages during the suspension period.
Karnawat has been regularly lashing out at the state government since past few years.
She also demanded a probe on the alleged atrocities on Dalits in the state, during the tenure of CM Chouhan, from the Modi government.
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Karnawat’s Jal Samadhi stint:
The IAS officer had once announced her plan to end her life by taking ‘jal samadhi’ in Narmada River.
Pressing for her demand for reinstatement her and higher wages during the suspension period, she had also said that she would drown into the Narmada river, however, she dropped her plan later.
The IAS also did seek permission for euthanasia from the CM, saying, “I have been left with no other option”.