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Bengaluru: IAS-IPS fight, Home Minister warns of legal action

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Bengaluru: The fight between two senior IAS and IPS officers in State has taken a major twist with the state’s Home Minister warning of a legal action against their public spat.

IAS officer Rohini Sindhuri, who is the incumbent Commissioner of the State Hindu Religious and Endowments, and IPS officer D. Roopa Moudgil, working as IGP, MD at Karnataka Handicrafts Development Corporation and recipient of President Gold medal, have come into confrontation mode recently.

“The government has not closed its eyes to the developments. It is a big crime to put up such behaviour. The private matters are being dragged to the public domain. Their actions before the media is also incorrect,” the Minister said.

“People consider them as demigods and worship them. It is shocking to see the behaviour of both the officers. Due to their behaviour, they are causing insult to good officers. Those who do not have humane feelings can indulge in such acts. I have spoken to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and DG. We will initiate action as per rules,” he stated.

“The way they are speaking publicly is undesirable. The Chief Minister knows about the issue. This is highly condemnable. Action will be initiated in the legal framework.”

Moudgil had posted personal pictures of Sindhuri and alleged that she had sent them to a few senior IAS officers.

She had also raked up the suicide case of IAS officer D.K. Ravi in the state and questioned her why she did not block him from sending messages.

It was alleged that Ravi was in love with Sindhuri and ended his life for her.

Moudgil had also posted another picture, which showed Sindhuri holding a meeting with JD (S) MLA S.R. Mahesh, who made corruption charges against her.

Sindhuri was questioned about the purpose of the meeting.

In response, Sindhuri said she would initiate legal action against Moudgil for making baseless charges against her and challenged her to disclose the names of IAS officers, to whom the pictures were sent.

As both officers are known for their courage and their ability to not to budge against politicians, they have a huge fan following. Fans of of two officers are engaged in heated debates on social media.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has directed issuance of notices to the warring officers for indulging in public spat. “The public spat between two officers has come as an embarrassment to the government. We can’t tolerate irresponsible behaviour of the officers. I have asked the Chief Secretary to issue notices to both,” he stated

Serving in the capacity of the Commissioner of State Hindu Religious and Endowments department, Sindhuri has met Chief Secretary of the Karnataka government Vandita Sharma in this regard. She has also met the DG and IGP Praveen Sood and held talks with them.

Dinesh Kallahalli, RTI activist, has submitted a complaint against Rohini Sindhuri to the Chief Secretary Vandita Sharma and demanded an investigation into the allegations made by IPS officer Roopa. He has also stated that he will submit his complaint in this regard to the Lokayukta.

The appeal has been made to investigate the matter under the All India Service Conduct Rules, 1968. Dinesh Kallahalli has also appealed to the authorities to probe the allegations and initiate action against the guilty to clear the air among the public regarding bureaucracy.

In another development, Sudheer Reddy, the husband of Rohini Sindhuri has lodged a police complaint against IPS officer D. Roopa with Bagalagunte police in Bengaluru.

In his complaint, he had urged action against Roopa. Speaking to reporters, Sudheer Reddy stated, “Who is this Roopa? Why is she talking about Rohini Sindhuri? What is her personal agenda? It has to come out. Roopa might be facing mental challenges. Roopa alleges personal photos have been sent to three IAS officers. Let her name those IAS officers. Why had she made Rohini Sindhuri’s photos viral? We have not sent it to anyone. How could she get them? I belong to Karnataka, I was born here. Let her name the IAS officers.

He further alleged that could not accept the fact that an officer 10 years her junior has earned such a good name. Senior officers appreciate Rohini Sindhuri. Those are all old photos, he added.

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