New Delhi: In all four cases which were reported in a short span of two years, the Home Ministry on Tuesday faced criticism from all quarters for prematurely repatriating Sada Kant, a 1983 batch IAS officer who was sought by CBI in corruption case, to his parent cadre in Uttar Pradesh.

Kant, who has been serving the MHA as a Joint Secretary (Border Management), was sent back before completion of his five year Central deputation.

The Home Ministry has discreetly sent him back home on May 20. However, on being questioned about his whereabouts, the ministry agreed that a case was registered against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act and CBI wanted to question him. Hence, under the pending CBI enquiry it was considered appropriate to send him to his parent cadre, sources said.

“The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) gave sanction to the CBI for interrogating the joint secretary while sending him back to his parent cadre”, sources added.

The CBI had accused Kant of favouring a private construction firm in a project being undertaken by National Project Construction Corporation.

According to sources, Central government’s Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) passed the orders for repatriation of Sada Kant on May 20 and as a result he was relieved of his duties with immediate effect.

Attempt to reach Kant proved futile as his official mobile number was out of order and an attendant at his residence said that he was out of Delhi and cannot be contacted.

Sada Kant has been in Central deputation since 2007 and supposed to complete the term in 2012.

This is not the first time that any such case has tarnished the image of Home Ministry. Earlier, two officers working with the Home Ministry were also arrested by CBI in 2010. O Ravi, a Joint Secretary and Director RK Sharma were arrested on corruption charges by the CBI on April 29.

In the third case, Ravi Inder Singh, Director (Internal Security), was arrested for leaking sensitive information to a telecom company by Delhi Police Special Branch on November 23 last year.

JPN/Bureau