Meghalaya IAS officers stand by convicted bureaucrats

Shillong, Dec 3: The Meghalaya IAS Officers Association has passed a resolution expressing their solidarity with the three IAS officers who were convicted in a case concerning allocation of coal blocks.

“The officers are known for their honesty, impeccable and unblemished track record. We stand by them and their respective families in their hour of distress,” said a statement issued here on Monday.

Members of the Association remembered the stellar service rendered by Kropha in various positions including as chief secretary of the state.

“The Association is hopeful that the judgment will be appealed and that the three officers will eventually be exonerated of all charges.

A Delhi court had on November 30, convicted five persons, including three IAS officers – former Union coal secretary, H.C. Gupta, former Meghalaya chief secretary, and former joint secretary (coal ministry), K.S. Kropha, former director (coal ministry), K.C. Samria, and private firm, Vikash Metals and Power Limited for their alleged involvement in corruption related to the allocation of coal blocks in West Bengal.

On Monday, the Delhi court has reserved for December 5 to pronounce the quantum of punishment.

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