BABUS BACK TAINTED COLLEAGUES
The convictions of former IAS and ex- coal secretary H. C. Gupta, former joint secretary in the Coal Ministry, K. S. Kropha and the then director in the same ministry, K. C. Samria, in the coal scam, has come as a blow to the IAS ( Central) Association. The three babus were held guilty of corruption and criminal conspiracy in a case linked to the allotment of coal blocks in West Bengal.
However, a section of retired and serving babus has always maintained that their former colleagues were innocent. Perhaps uncharacteristically, the IAS Association responded to the news by changing its Twitter logo in support of the convicted babus. Further, it tweeted that the conviction was “most unfortunate” and this was a “black letter day for bureaucracy”. It also added that it stood in support of the three babus “in this time of distress”.
While it is true that Gupta and co have many supporters within the babu ranks, the writing was on the wall for some time. In May 2017 Gupta and the other two officers were convicted and sentenced to a two- year jail term, though they got bail. Now by publicly standing up in support of the convicted babus, is the association angling for a confrontation with the Supreme Court?