Akhilesh suspends IAS officer for delay in swimming pool construction in Safai

The Akhilesh Yadav-led government in Uttar Pradesh has suspended a senior IAS officer and sports director Sailesh Kumar Singh for alleged delay in constructing a sports complex which included building a swimming pool.

An NDTV report said, The UP government said Shailesh Kumar Singh, the state's sports director, was being removed because he caused a two-month delay in releasing money for the state-of-the-art swimming pool worth a staggering Rs 200 crore, being built as part of a sporting complex in Safai.

 Akhilesh suspends IAS officer for delay in swimming pool construction in Safai

Akhilesh Yadav. AFP

Safai is the village that Mulayam Singh Yadav hails from.

The state government said the officer was found prima facie guilty of "irregularities and gross negligence" resulting in delay of government projects and hence had been suspended with immediate effect under the relevant provisions of the All India Service Rules (1969). Akhilesh Yadav's attention was drawn towards the Safai swimming pool while reviewing the preparations for the Safai Mahotsava, reported Times of India.

Singh, who will retire next month, was said to be close to the BSP and hence was under scrutiny from the SP government. He was on his way to Safai village when he found out about his suspension.

Times of India reported that sources close to Singh said the officer was always under the close scrutiny of the Akhilesh government. The CM is reported to have often pointed out there were some officers who worked to malign the state government's image.

Updated Date: Dec 27, 2013 15:27:15 IST