Internal Information leaked to media
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.