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Delhi LG orders FIR against IAS officer; not an iota of truth, he says

Screenshot 2024 01 20 092659New Delhi: L-G VK Saxena Friday ordered the registration of an FIR and recommended disciplinary action to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) against an IAS officer for allegedly demanding money from the Capital’s liquor vendors.

According to L-G House officials, action against the accused IAS officer, Amarnath Talwade, who belongs to the 2009 AGMUT cadre and is currently serving in Arunachal Pradesh, was suggested after an inquiry by the Directorate of Vigilance (DoV) in the matter found him guilty of allegedly “pressuring a subordinate officer into collecting money from retail liquor vendors”.

Talwade has denied the allegations. Speaking to The Indian Express, Talwade said, “There is not even a single iota of truth in these allegations… all this is happening on the basis of a false case filed against me by a subordinate with a proven track record of wrongdoing whom I had taken action against.”

L-G House officials said the case pertained to 2015-16, when Talwade, during his stint as Senior General Manager of the Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd (DSCSC), had “pressured” the then manager of the same unit, who has since retired, to “collect more money” from vendors by threatening him of a “transfer”.

The action came after a purported audio clip of the telephonic conversation between the two officers surfaced; the clip was

later authenticated by the Delhi Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) as “genuine” and “undoctored”.

“In the audio clip, Talwade has also admitted to have received Rs 5 lakh… soon after he took charge of DSCSC. Talwade was posted in DSCSC from 12.01.2015 to 29.04.2016. A complaint in this regard was filed by a Noida resident on March 21, 2023, along with a pen drive containing the audio clip to the DoV (Directorate of Vigilance),” officials claimed.

“The complainant alleged the conversation between an IAS officer and an Inspector pertained to ‘sharing of booty’ in some excise matters. After preliminary investigation, the DoV ascertained the said IAS officer was Talwade,” officials added.

The FSL Delhi, on November 28, 2023, submitted its examination report, saying “there was no indication of any form of alteration in audio recording” after which the matter was referred to the Law Department. The department stated that it was a fit case for registration of an FIR.

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