V.K. Choubey relinquishes charge as principal secretary to J'khand CM

Senior IAS officer Avinash Kumar was removed as additional chief secretary of the home department on Wednesday

Former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren (file photo)
Former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren (file photo)
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A day after Hemant Soren resigned as Jharkhand chief minister, senior IAS officer Vinay Kumar Choubey on Thursday said he has relinquished the charge of principal secretary to the CM, and all other charges.

Meanwhile, a Raj Bhavan official has reportedly said governor C.P. Radhakrishnan has allotted time to the JMM-led alliance at 5.30 pm.

“I was in charge as principal secretary to the chief minister. When the CM resigned, I had to relinquish the principal secretary post. I also relinquished all other additional charges,” Choubey told PTI.

Soren was arrested on Wednesday by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case linked to an alleged land scam after a seven-hour grilling by sleuths from the central agency.

Choubey said, “I have joined the personnel department and now I am waiting for a new posting.”

Notably, senior IAS officer Avinash Kumar was removed as additional chief secretary of the home department on Wednesday.

Chief secretary L. Khiangte will hold additional charge of the home, jail & disaster management department, according to a statement.

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