Delhi Services Secretary Ashish More, an IAS officer hailing from Maharashtra, faced significant developments recently. After being removed from his position, More was issued a show cause notice by the Delhi government for initially failing to comply with their directive to replace him with a new officer. These events followed the Supreme Court’s ruling granting the AAP dispensation control over officer transfers and postings, except in matters concerning land, police, and public order.
Background and Profile of Ashish More
Ashish More, an IAS officer born in 1980, has served in various roles within the Delhi government. Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in arts, he previously held the position of General Administration Department Secretary before being appointed as the Services Secretary in 2022.
Show Cause Notice Issued to Ashish More
In response to Ashish More’s initial refusal to comply with the transfer order, the Services Minister issued a show cause notice, warning of possible disciplinary action. The government’s statement mentioned that More’s sudden change of stance occurred after the show cause notice was served, demanding an explanation for his unauthorized absence.
Allegations against Ashish More and His Removal
The Delhi government accused Ashish More of lacking political neutrality, obstructing work, and exhibiting biased decision-making. The memo issued by the Services Minister stated that More’s conduct was unbecoming of an IAS officer of his rank, compromising the supremacy of the Constitution and democratic values. The government claimed that More’s refusal to maintain discipline was driven by extraneous considerations and a failure to demonstrate professionalism and dedication.
Suspicions of Ulterior Motives and Illegal Measures
The memo further alleged that Ashish More, upon learning about the Delhi government’s intention to transfer him, resorted to illegal means to retain his position for undisclosed ulterior motives. These suspicions arose due to More’s conduct and actions surrounding the transfer order.
Procedural Concerns Surrounding More’s Transfer
According to sources, the order for Ashish More’s transfer did not follow the protocol of consulting the Civil Services Board (CSB), responsible for matters concerning the transfer of IAS officers. A meeting chaired by Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar, held by the board, is scheduled to consider the AAP government’s directions regarding officer transfers, including that of Ashish More.