MYSORE: Even as investigations into the assault on Director-General of the Administrative Training Institute (ATI) Rashmi V. continue, Minister for Revenue V. Srinivas Prasad said the government will conduct an impartial probe into her allegations of irregularities during the tenure of her predecessor, Amita Prasad.
Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Prasad, who is also the Minister in charge of Mysore district, said senior IAS officer T.M. Vijaybhaskar, who has been asked to probe the matter, would continue the investigations and submit a report to the Chief Secretary.
Mr. Prasad also said senior police officials would look into alleged lapses by the city police in providing security to the Director-General of ATI and submit a report to Home Minister K.J. George.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has asked for both reports — the one on “administrative lapses” to be submitted to Mr. Vijaybhaskar, and the other on the investigations by the police on the assault, including the alleged police laxity.
When asked about Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee’s reported comments on the charges levelled by Ms. Rashmi, the Minister agreed that the Chief Secretary should not have made public statements when the inquiry was still under way.
When asked whether the government would allow Ms. Rashmi to continue in the post, he said the decision on posting and transferring of officials was an administrative matter.
The post-mortem report of Venkatesh, the mess manager whose body was found in the water tank on the ATI premises, indicates there is no external injury on the body.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Rajanna said the report did not cite the cause of death.