New Delhi: The summary action at the PMO level resulting in the premature repatriation of Gopal Krishan Gupta, Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineering (IRSME 1987), Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India since he had misused his official position to acquire complementary passes for the IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on 30 March this year speaks volumes of the Narendra Modi Government’s determination to ensure accountability at the top bureaucratic level.
Gupta wrote to Rajat Sharma, President Delhi District Cricket Association, on his official letter head on 3 April 2019, bringing to his notice that he had tried calling him on 29 March to request for “some complementary passes” for the IPL match the next day.
Gupta stated in his letter that Sharma’s Executive Assistant had inquired of the context of the “proposed discussions” and thereafter asked whether he was seeking the passes for himself or for some guests so that the class of passes could be decided. Even after taking his mobile number and that of his Senior private secretary, there was no response from the other end. At 12 noon, on the day of the match, when Gupta’s Sr PPS contacted Sharma’s Executive Assistant, he was told that passes where not available.
On 10 May, the appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the premature repatriation of Gupta with immediate effect with imposition of extended “cooling off” condition.