With Allahabad High Court breathing down its neck, CEO of Noida Authority Rama Raman was shunted out today August 16, 2016, by the Uttar Pradesh government in a minor bureaucratic reshuffle involving two more IAS officers.
1987-batch IAS officer Mr Raman was removed from his post and put on the wait list while Principal Technical Education Monika Garg was given additional charge of the Noida Authority as OSD, an official release said.
Besides these two, Joint Magistrate of Moradabad, Harshita Mathur, has been shifted to Ballia in the same capacity, it added.
The Allahabad High Court had seized Mr Raman’s powers on July 1 acting on a petition filed by Noida resident Jitendra Kumar Goyal who had alleged that Mr Raman had been holding three posts simultaneously for three years.
Mr Goyal was both the CEO of Noida authority and chairman of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities for the last three years.
The court had expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that three important posts were held by one bureaucrat for a long period and directed the chief secretary to take a decision on transfer of Mr Raman to some other post.
The court had barred Mr Raman from functioning as chairman of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities. On its orders, the Uttar Pradesh government on July 19, appointed Pravir Kumar as chairman of the three authorities. Mr Raman, however, continued as Noida authority CEO.
The court had later asked the state government if it could shunt Mr Raman out as the Noida authority’s CEO.
On August 16, the state government had informed the high court that it had decided to retain Mr Raman as CEO of Noida Authority as his services were required for the running of next phase of metro train from March 2017.