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PM curtails tenure of senior railway officer who sought complementary IPL passes

NEW DELHI: The central deputation tenure of senior bureaucrat Gopal Krishan Gupta, who had sought complementary passes for IPL suits from Delhi cricket association, has been curtailed and he has been sent again to his cadre -- railway ministry.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved premature repatriation of Gupta with immediate effect, an order issued by the team of workers ministry stated without mentioning any explanation why.

Gupta, a 1987 batch officer of the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME), is posted because the joint secretary, ministry of new and renewable power.

He had in March sought complementary passes of an IPL fit from Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) president Rajat Sharma's place of business, according to an official communique.

After not getting the desired reaction from the DDCA, Gupta wrote a letter to Sharma on April three, giving the series of events.

Gupta discussed telephonic dialogue between Sharma's government assistant Sapna Soni and his personal group of workers.

"I do not know whether this episode and the sequence of events as narrated above has been brought to your notice and whether your executive assistant had informed you about my call and my request for arrangement of passes," Gupta stated in a letter to Sharma.

"May I request that your office staff may show courtesy in such matters and give timely feedback even if the response is not affirmative. I think, we must have mutual respect for the positions being held by us," his letter reads.

It is learnt that the ACC's decision on curbing Gupta's tenure is taken after the replica of this letter used to be shared on a public platform.

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