Principal Secretary (Home) R M Srivastava on Saturday apologized for the ‘error’ and said that he was taking responsibility for the folly of some junior level officials. (Agencies)
"There are errors in the letter issued on October 9 by the department for convening the meeting and parts of intelligence input on the VHP sponsored 'Sankalp Diwas' on October 18, which should not have been made public were mentioned in it," Srivastava said.
"The language used in the letter is not correct," Srivastava said, adding an inquiry would be conducted and action would be taken against those responsible.
Secretary (Home) Sarvesh Kumar Mishra, who issued the letter, however, chose not to respond to queries.
Srivastava stressed the error should not be taken as any policy decision of the government and ‘some errors do take place in the department as officials work throughout the week’.
Srivastava said that the issue has been brought to the notice of the competent authority and the minister concerned (Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also holds the home portfolio) must also be aware of the same.
Secretary (Home) Mishra issued the letter asking the DGP and other senior officials to attend a meeting on October 14 for discussion regarding parliamentary law by the Centre for reconstruction of temple at Ram Janmabhoomi on the lines of reconstruction of the Somnath temple.
The letter was sent to DGP, ADG (LO), ADG (intelligence), IG (LO), IG (Railways, Lucknow), IG (Lucknow), IG (Faizabad) and DM and SSP of Faizabad.
Reacting strongly, BJP said that the letter was a conspiracy of the ‘Cong-SP-BSP secular syndicate’ and that it would not help ‘such forces’ in the 2014 general elections.
"The letter is a conspiracy of secular syndicate of Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party. Such a conspiracy will not help to avoid white-wash of such forces in the next Lok Sabha elections," BJP national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in Kanpur.
Principal Secretary (Home) R M Srivastava on Saturday apologized for the ‘error’ and said that he was taking responsibility for the folly of some junior level officials.