Delhi The suspension of nine excise department employees is approved by LG VK Saxena.

Lieutenant governor VK Saxena suspends nine officials . Decision follows an investigation by the Delhi governments directorate of vigilance .

NEW DELHI: Lieutenant governor VK Saxena approved the suspension of nine officials on Saturday, taking significant measures against suspected fraud in the formulation and implementation of Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22.IAS officer Arava Gopi Krishna and DANICS officer Anand Kumar Tiwari were both the subject of serious disciplining by the LG.Krishna, a 2012-batch AGMUT cadre IAS, was relieved from the Delhi government on July 12, 2022, and is now stationed in Diu.Tiwari is a 2003-batch DANICS officer who also serves as deputy commissioner in the excise department.

Both Krishna and Tiwari did not respond to the phone calls and SMS messages.Following a revelation by chief secretary Naresh Kumar that revealed deliberate and gross procedural errors to provide undue benefit to liquor licensees, the LG suggested a CBI investigation into the formulation and implementation of Delhi Excuse Policy 2021-22.The LG had also directed the chief secretary to conduct an inquiry into the role played by officers and civil servants in its operation.Three more Adhoc DANICS officers and four other employees of the excise department have been suspended and ordered major disciplinarian actions by the LG.