Panaji: Goa Government has refused to consider the Election Commission's recommendation to suspend a senior government officer for alleged violation of the Code of Conduct which is in force for the March 3 Assembly polls.

State Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava in a letter written to the Commission has requested it to reconsider its suggestion to suspend the Director of Animal Husbandry Siddhivinayak Naik.

Naik was earlier transferred from the post after he allegedly violated the code of conduct by offering as many as 140 appointment letters through his department even as the moral code was in force.

After inquiry by the commission, Naik had withdrawn the letters. The officer was found guilty in an inquiry conducted against him by a senior government officer who had recommended his immediate transfer.

Election Commission of India (ECI) had said that Naik and another clerk from his office should be suspended as transfer is not enough punishment.

State Chief Secretary was asked to submit an action taken report (ATR) on this matter by January 31.

Seven government departments, including Animal Husbandry, were being investigated by the EC for violation of the code of conduct.

According to sources, these departments had released appointment letters to several youth in alleged violation of the rule.