Wife seeks IAS husband’s suspension to `protect’ him

April 9th, 2008 - 9:22 pm ICT by admin  

Bangalore, April 9 (IANS) A senior Karnataka Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer’s wife has made an “abnormal” request to Governor Rameshwar Thakur - suspend him from service as he is facing threat to his life. “I know this is an abnormal request. But I have no other option as the government refuses to grant him leave, if he gives the real reason - threat to his life,” J.N. Jayashree, wife of M.N. Vijayakumar, administrator, Command Area Development Authority in Belgaum, about 500 km from Bangalore, told IANS Wednesday.

Vijayakumar is known for his fight against corruption in the government.

Jayashree, a mother with two sons, runs a website “fightcorruption.wikidot.com” and frequently uses the Right to Information Act as part of her support to her husband.

She wrote to Thakur April 3 that there were at least two threats to Vijayakumar’s life and she fears for him as he is alone at Belgaum.

In a letter to state Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao in the last week of March, Jayashree said her husband was unconscious for five hours December 27 last year due to wrong medication and none of the senior officials in Belgaum bothered to assist him even after she called them from Bangalore.

“I have already written in my mail dated Feb 14 the danger my husband could face because of wrong diagnosis of his medical condition. (In this regard also I want to personally inform about how this wrong diagnosis could have been used for harming my husband),” she said in the letter to the chief secretary.

“He has not even been given government accommodation,” said Jayashree.

“I cannot be with him as our younger son is studying pre-university course in Bangalore and now that elections (to the state assembly) have been announced, my husband will not get a transfer. Hence, the abnormal request,” she said. The couple’s elder son is pursuing PhD in the US.

Vijayakumar, a 1981 batch officer, has been transferred seven times in seven months between Sep 2006 and March 2007.

“My husband has seven more years of service left. He does not want to quit or take voluntary retirement. He will stay in service and we will fight corruption from within the system,” said Jayashree.

Asked how can any governor act on such a request, Jayashree said: “I have no other option. As a wife, I have to protect my husband. Hence, I have made such a strange request,” she said.

Jayashree said she has not yet received any reply from the governor’s office to her letter. “I will wait for some more time before thinking of what other steps I can take to ensure my husband’s safety,” she added.

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