Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Home India Did former Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh take voluntary retirement from service?

Did former Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh take voluntary retirement from service?


By NewsGram Staff Writer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has maintained silence on the issue about the sacking of former Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh five months ago. Without disclosing much details about the matter, the Cabinet Secretariat stated that Singh had sought voluntary retirement from the service.

As reported by ET, the Cabinet Secretariat has not divulged the Cabinet note, file notings and papers related to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) meeting on January 28, which had decided to replace Singh with S Jaishankar.

“Copies of available file notings/ papers on this matter (related to ACC’s approval) being ‘Cabinet papers’ are exempted from disclosure under Section 8 (1) (i) of the RTI Act,” the Cabinet Secretariat was reported as saying.

An application was filed by RTI activist Venkatesh Nayak, who sought a photocopy of the Cabinet note, file notings, the names of the people who attended the ACC meeting and the minutes of the meeting.

However, as reported by leading English daily, the Cabinet Secretariat did not even divulge who attended the ACC meeting. It only said that Singh had sought voluntary retirement from service, repeating information already available in the public domain.

“External affairs minister had, while approving the voluntary retirement, sought approval of the Prime Minister for curtailment of tenure of Ms Sujatha Singh and suggested appointment of Dr S Jaishankar (IFS:1977) as foreign secretary vice Ms Sujatha Singh,” the Cabinet Secretariat was reported as saying.

Reportedly it further stated that file notings cannot be disclosed as the matter is sub judice in some other cases before Delhi High Court.



Most Popular

Actor John Abraham Named As The Person Of The Year 2020 By PETA

Bollywood actor John Abraham has been named the Person of the Year for 2020 by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In...

Hyaluronic Acid Is An Extraordinary Ingredient And A Boon To Skincare

Hyaluronic acid has recently become such a hyped ingredient, but the popularity is acceptable because the ingredient provides what it claims to -- anti-aging. What...

Study: Men And Teenagers Are Affected By Instagram Influencers

Not just women, men and teenagers are affected by Instagram influencers who set global benchmarks for ideal body shape, fashion, and even facial trends,...

Covid-19 May Deepen Depression, Anxiety Among Pregnant Women

Researchers have said that Covid-19 may deepen depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among pregnant and postpartum women. "We know the perinatal period is...

Chinese Spacecraft To Bring Lunar Soil From Moon

China's Chang'e-5 mission, intended to bring back around 2 kg of lunar soil and rocks to the earth, touched down on the Moon on...

America’s Favorite Snacks Invented By US Military

From instant coffee to Cheetos, packaged cookies, and energy bars, the U.S. military helped invent many of the snacks Americans love to eat. The effort...

COVID Pandemic Obstructed Global Fight Against AIDS

Tuesday is World AIDS Day, with organizations around the world highlighting the need to support those living with and affected by HIV, the virus...

Focus on Having Healthy Heart To Face COVID

Amid the rising cases of Covid-19 in Delhi-NCR, health experts on Tuesday stressed that along with a focus on overall health, taking special care...

Recent Comments