Suspension of OAS officer: SAT serves show-cause notice to Odisha govt

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Bhubaneswar: The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on Friday served a show-cause notice to the Odisha government on the recent suspension of senior Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) officer Deba Prasad Das.

The tribunal also sought the disciplinary file which resulted in the suspension of Das on Monday as a part of the departmental disciplinary action.

During the period of suspension, Das has been asked by the General Administration (GA) department to stay in his headquarters, Cuttack. The directive further stated that Das cannot leave the headquarters without the permission of Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) Central.

The next hearing of the case has been posted to the last week of June, said Das’s counsel Pitambar Acharya.

Notably, Das was allegedly suspended without any reason. Das was working as a joint secretary at the Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) when he was suspended.

After his suspension, the OAS officer told media that there is undue influence of non-Odia officers in the state.

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