In Ladakh, an IAS officer who used to walk his dog at a stadium in Delhi has been transferred. The move came just hours after the Indian Express broke the exclusive story that the government-run Thyagraj Stadium was being closed for sports activities earlier than usual to allow a bureaucrat to walk his dog there.
Sanjeev Khirwar, a 1994-batch IAS officer, has been transferred to Ladakh, and his wife to Arunachal Pradesh, according to a Home Ministry order.
According to official sources, the Home Ministry had requested a report from the Delhi Chief Secretary on the news report about Mr Khirwar and his wife abusing facilities at Thyagraj Stadium.
On Thursday evening, the chief secretary submitted a report to the Home Ministry, prompting the ministry to order their transfer.
Sanjeev Khirwar is the Principal Secretary (Revenue) in Delhi at the moment.
Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal directed that all state-run sports facilities remain open until 10 p.m. for athletes.
“It has come to my attention that athletes are having difficulties due to the heat, and that stadiums close by 6 or 7 p.m. We’ve issued orders that all sports facilities remain open until 10 p.m. so that athletes can use them “Mr. Kejriwal explained.