Enraged With Former Coal Secretary's Conviction, IAS Officers Initiate #JusticeForHCGupta Campaign

| December 17 , 2017 , 11:47 IST

Former coal secretary H. C. Gupta sentenced three years imprisonment by a special court on Saturday in the case of coal block allocation. Apart from the jail term, the court has also imposed a fine of Rs. 1 lakh on Gupta.

The decision has left the IAS officers from the entire nation enraged. Post Gupta's conviction, the IAS association has showcased support against the judgement through social media by starting a Twitter campaign to ensure justice for the former IAS officer.

As per the association and senior IAS officers, HC Gupta is a highly honest and loyal individual and the conviction is unfortunate. IAS officer Devansh Yadav tweeted saying “As a young officer I can say that such events really bring down the morale of those who joined this service for serving the people & the Nation. Honest officers must be protected and not punished just coz real culprits weren't found!”

2016 batch IAS officer Sibi Adhitya wrote “There should not arise a situation where the honest are afraid to be honest. Killing bureaucratic initiative will bring down the morale of many a young officer.” 

Officers from across the nation are tweeting in support of the former Coal secretary.

Over 200 IAS officers joined the campaign which started with full force on Saturday evening. The former Chief Election Commissioner S. Y. Quraishi and the current secretary of Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry, Anil Swarup also tweeted in Gupta's support.

In a series of tweets, the HRD officer expressed his displeasure. Anil wrote, " we hound the honest, the society and the administration will be left with either dishonest performers or dishonest non-performers. The choice is ours."

Ever since the case against HC Gupta was registered, the IAS officers have supported his honesty and loyalty towards the nation. With the aim of providing the former Coal Secretary with better help, many officers resorted to the crowd funding measures.