The telecom department is learnt to have extended suspension of Uttarakhand-based officer Ashish Joshi – who had written to Delhi Police to take action against a rebel AAP MLA for posting an ‘incendiary’ video online.
“DoT has extended suspension of Ashish Joshi, former controller of communication accounts, for a period of 180 days beyond initial 180 days of suspension. No reason has been explained in the order copy,” an official source told PTI.
The extension order was issued on May 16-10 days after he had written to telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan seeking appointment.
The suspended official alleged that he is being targeted after he approached Sundararajan and former telecom minister Manoj Sinha on violation of transfer policy guidelines to favour some officers in his cadre and related Cabinet orders.
The Joshi’s cadre is controlled by the Member (Finance) of Digital Communication Commission, formerly the Telecom Commission – apex decision making body at the Department of Telecom, the official source said.
E-mail sent to the department elicited no reply. Joshi did not respond to calls and sms in this regard.
Joshi was suspended on February 26 after he approached the police commissioner for action against rebel Aam Aadmi Party MLA Kapil Mishra for circulating a highly incendiary video, provoking people to attack “against traitors” on YouTube and Twitter in violation of the IT Act and Indian Penal Code.
Joshi on February 19 had also issued an order to telecom operators to crack down on offensive or obscene messages and set up a helpline to receive complaints against such customers.―The Pioneer