Senior IAS officer Jitendra Narain suspended over sexual assault complaint
Was posted as CMD of Delhi Financial Corporation (DFC)
New Delhi, Oct. 17: Senior IAS officer, posted in Delhi, Jitendra Narain (AGMUT 1990) was on Monday suspended with immediate effect over a complaint of alleged sexual assault by a lady against him, confirmed a senior official at the Ministry of Home over phone.
Narain was recently transferred to New Delhi from Andaman Nicobar where he served as the Chief Secretary. Till Monday he was working as the CMD of Delhi Financial Corporation (DFC).
An FIR has already been registered against Narain, and necessary action in the criminal case is being taken separately by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Andaman and Nicobar Police.
The SIT was constituted to probe allegations that a 21-year-old woman in Andaman and Nicobar Islands was lured to the former Chief Secretary Narain’s official residence by promising a government job and then raped by top officials there. The police registered a case earlier this month after the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Port Blair ordered its filing based on a petition by the young woman.
“The Ministry received a report on Oct. 16 from Andaman and Nicobar Police regarding the alleged sexual assault of a lady by Jitendra Narain, the then Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and others. As the Report indicated the possibility of grave misconduct and misuse of official position on the part of Narain, the Union Home Minister directed to take immediate strict action against the officer concerned as per law,” said an official statement issued by the Home Ministry.
It added – “Accordingly, Jitendra Narain (IAS) has been placed under suspension with immediate effect and disciplinary proceedings have been ordered against him.”
The statement also said that the Union Government is committed to ensuring zero tolerance towards the acts of indiscipline by its officials irrespective of their rank and status, especially with regard to incidents involving the dignity of women.