In­ter­nal In­for­ma­tion leaked to me­dia

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The gov­ern­ment deeply re­grets that a ma­te­rial of in­ter­nal cor­re­spon­dence has been leaked to the me­dia cre­at­ing mis­in­for­ma­tion and mis­lead­ing the pub­lic. The let­ter was sup­posed to in­form the Prime Min­is­ter about the ma­li­cious re­ports by ENTERIA foun­da­tion against one of the most se­nior civil ser­vants which was not even closely read, cer­tainly not let alone signed and sub­mit­ted to the Prime Min­is­ter.

The gov­ern­ment in a press re­lease is­sued on Fri- day states that un­der the cir­cum­stances the gov­ern­ment would like to clar­ify that the let­ter of Oc­to­ber 24 was writ­ten by the sec­re­tary of Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs and was e-mailed to the Tengye Ly­onpo un­der whose sig­na­ture it was sup­posed to be sub­mit­ted to the Prime Min­is­ter. Hence the con­tent and lan­guage of the let­ter are that of the Sec­re­tary.

Sub­se­quently, dur­ing a meet­ing be­tween the Min­is­ter and the Sec­re­tary, the main is­sues were dis­cussed. Specif­i­cally two is­sues were high­lighted by the sec­re­tary. One con­cerned the al­le­ga­tions made by KB Wakhley against the Sec­re­tary. The other con­cerned the al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion made by ENERTIA against BHEL, BVT, for­mer gov­ern­ment and the Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs. The Sec­re­tary had sug­gested dur­ing the meet­ing that on KB Wakhley’s al­le­ga­tion the mat­ter should be brought up to the RCSC. On Enertia’s al­le­ga­tions the mat­ter should be brought up to the gov­ern­ment of In­dia for their in­ter­ven­tion.

Since KB Wakhley was a Bhutanese cit­i­zen and the mat­ter was in­ter­nal, the Min­is­ter ad­vised that the RCSC could be con­sulted for their in­ter­ven­tion. How­ever, with re­gard to the al­le­ga­tions of Enertia and the need to seek GOI’s in­ter­ven­tion, the Sec­re­tary was in­structed to keep the mat­ter ‘on hold’ be­cause it in­volved a for­eign en­tity and the facts of the al­le­ga­tions were not es­tab­lished as ei­ther true or false. The Min­is­ter in­formed the Sec­re­tary that it was likely that more in­for­ma­tion on BHEL al­le­ga­tion would emerge.

Hav­ing made the above de­ci­sions the Min­is­ter did not find it nec­es­sary to at­tend to the let­ter of Oc­to­ber 24. It was not even closely read, and cer­tainly not signed and sub­mit­ted to the Prime Min­is­ter.

“It is re­gret­table to learn that in con­tra­dic­tion to the spe­cific in­struc­tions of the Min­is­ter, the mat­ter was taken up and dis­cussed in four sit­tings of the Com­mit­tee of Sec­re­taries and even­tu­ally a let­ter of protest to the GOI was sent on De­cem­ber 2, 2014. Nei­ther was the gov­ern­ment’s en­dorse­ment on the let­ter sought, nor was the mat­ter in­formed to any min­is­ters.” the press re­lease states.

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