Finally Justice is done says relieved K. Siva Prasad who was exonerated of any wrong doing by the highest authorities of Country, both Supreme Court of India and Prime Minister of India.
The PMO recently dropped all the charges against K.Siva Prasad, IAS after it was found that he was falsely implicated. PMO relied on the detailed enquiry conducted by CVC which exonerated K. Siva Prasad, IAS. CVC summoned all the record pertaining to the case and examined all the people who are involved in the entire process. It took note of the fact that false records were created by certain officials on the instruction of the then minister and the same were used against K. Siva Prasad, Punjab cadre IAS officer.
Separately, Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed all the cases registered by CBI and ruled that Case has been initiated without any legal basis nor foundation and K. Siva Prasad, IAS has been unjustifiably subjected to undeserving prosecution by CBI. High Court further observed in a detailed order that Grave injustice has been caused to K. Siva prasad IAS the then GM, FCI, Punjab who made all out effort to introduce a novel system to arrest the corrupt practices, which has completely halted the practice of mixing substandard bags with good quality of rice and the remarks of CMD about integrity of K.Siva Prasad, IAS has virtually fallen to deaf years.
A three judge Supreme Court bench dismissed the appeal filed by CBI against the order of Punjab and Haryana High Court quashing CBI cases against K. Siva Prasad, IAS as Hon’ble Supreme Court apparently found that the issues raised in the CBI arguments were properly discussed by Punjab and Haryana High Court which found that there is merit in these issues.
After 10 years of bitter struggle and humiliation, Siva Prasad feels that these are perils of working in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He feels that apart from maintaining highest integrity, Civil Servants should cultivate the habit of recording the reasons for taking a particular decision as these decisions can be questioned when circumstances change. Only a reasoned order can sustain scrutiny of investigating agencies and judiciary. He said that his own episode reinforces his conviction that bonafide decisions will stand test of time. He agrees that ten years is a long period to sustain such kind of pressure but he believes that it should be for a reason.
Many of his colleagues were happy to hear about his exoneration. Some of them were of the opinion that officers are left to defend themselves when such situations come- which is part of life of a civil servant, but Siva Prasad shown courage to face this situation and this needs to be emulated by others.
Another officer elaborated that officers working involves taking decisions and not all will be happy to the decision. Anyone adversely affected by the officer's decision will try to file a complaint to show his unjustified resentment which gives officers sleepless nights.