By Alok Mathur
Rajasthan government has reinstated officers – IAS Girdhar and IPS Sushil Kumar – after they were suspended for beating up hotel staff two months ago in a hotel located on Jaipur-Ajmer expressway. They were suspended under sub rule (1) of rule -3, All India Service Rule (Discipline & Appeal).
Girdhar was then posted as commissioner Ajmer Development Authority while Sushil Kumar was serving as additional superintendent of police at Ajmer district headquarter.
“The enquiry will be on while they have been reinstated on the condition that they don't affect the ongoing enquiry,” said a senior official of department of personnel.
The investing is being conducted by Govardhan Sonkaria, additional SP, CID. While statements have been taken from hotel staff and complainant, statement of Girdhar and Sushil Kumar is still due.
Earlier, Vigilance department was asked to conduct an enquiry against them. The department has not found any evidence of any major act of violence.
“We have done the investigation. As per All India Service rule, 1969 their offence comes under minor category. It has been established that they were involved in the brawl. But looking at the circumstances and other evidences, we have recommended a minor penalty against them,” said Biju George Joseph, Jaipur police commissioner, who had conducted the investigation as ADG (Vigilance).
What had happened that night?
As per eyewitnesses, Sushil Kumar, a 2019 batch IPS officer was having party in the intervening night of June11-12. He went to Makrana Raj, a hotel located on Ajmer-Jaipur Expressway, at 2 am and asked for food. The staff said that food can't be made available at that time. Kumar entered into argument with the staff and later left the hotel. After some time, he again came back with some policemen and beat up hotel staff brutally. Girdhar, who is 2019 batch IAS officer, also accompanied him. The entire episode was caught on CCTV camera.
Alok Mathur is a law graduate. Journalism is his first love which he now pursues in the latter half of his career. Controversies and crime are the right triggers for him.