But Kulaste's accusation fell flat as his brother in-law Ashok Dhurve denied any such incidence.
Kulaste, a tribal leader has accused Anay Dwivedi, a 2010 batch IAS officer of using casteist remarks against Dhurve while reprimanding him.
“Now that Kulaste has lost the election, you will be and to the field posting,” Kulaste accused Dwivedi saying this to his relative Dhurve, who is serving as chief general manager in the state owned Poorva Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Company, of which Dwivedi is the managing director.
Kulaste, who lost the assembly election from tribal dominated Niwas constituency, complained to the chief minister Mohan Yadav about the behaviour of Anay Dwivedi. The chief minister has assured Kulaste of appropriate action after proper investigation.
Brother-in-law Dhurve contradicts Kulaste
Ashok Dhurve has come out in open in the defence of his managing director Anay Dwivedi saying that the matter has been presented in a twisted manner.
“MD sahab has not reprimanded me nor he has used any foul language. In fact he has appreciated my work. I have been dutifully serving two important positions in the company,” Dhurve said.
He further said that seniors have right to scold junior officers if they are not working properly.
“In the meeting MD sahab said that Kulaste has lost the election and there is directive from higher ups whether to send you in the field. But MD sahab declined sending me in the field. My version was presented in a twisted manner.
Another officer of the power company Sanjay Bhagwatkar, chief general manager (operation and maintenance) has also stood by Anay Dwivedi. He said that the managing director never uses casteist language.
“I was also present in that meeting. No such thing happened there. I also belong to scheduled caste category. Dwivedi sahab has always been respectful for SC/ST officers,” he said.
Anay Dwivedi was not available for any comment.
Vivek Shukla is a management graduate who has worked in corporate worked for 20 years and is now pursuing his passion — news.