Bangalore, Jan 6: The senior IAS officer who allegedly sought sexual favours from a widow has been identified as D K Rangaswamy, currently serving as Mass Education department director, according to Lokayukta documents in the possession of Deccan Herald.
The disclosure comes in the wake of Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde’s revelation last week that the State Government was shielding a top bureaucrat who had demanded sexual favours from a young widow when he was Deputy Commissioner of Ramanagaram district in 2007.
According to a May 8, 2009, letter the Lokayukta wrote to then Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao, “the allegation made against him (Rangaswamy), if true, is very serious, which includes apart from other complaints, deliberately passing erroneous orders against (the complainant), as also serious acts of misconduct of misbehaving with the complainant who happens to be a widow.”
Justice Santosh Hedge’s letter says that an April 4, 2008, order of the High Court, which the woman, identified as R Yamini, had moved, had “felt it is not necessary for it to go into the (the) other allegations” (of seeking sexual favours) which was a matter “to be looked into by the competent authority.”
The High Court had, however, set aside Rangaswamy’s order on an issue arising out of a land dispute relating to the widow.
Asked why in his recommendation to the government he did not specify charges against Rangaswamy, Justice Hedge said: “I have gone by the complainant’s version and I have recommended to the government to hold a departmental inquiry against Rangaswamy. It is up to the government to take further action. I do not have the authority to hold an inquiry against an IAS or a KAS officer.”
A November 17, 2007, report of former Revenue Department Principal Secretary S M Jaamdar addressed to then Chief Secretary P B Mahishi claims that “Rangaswamy, as alleged by the complainant, was apparently in the habit of going to Smt Yamini’s house and also frequently contacting her over mobile and landline phones. She has stored quite a few messages in her mobile, some of which she could display even now.”