- “IAS Officer Abhishek Singh Suspended by Uttar Pradesh Government for Extended Absence”
The government of Uttar Pradesh, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has suspended IAS officer Abhishek Singh for being absent from work without explanation. Singh, a 2011 batch officer in the UP cadre, has been missing for 82 days and has not informed the department of personnel and appointment in the UP government.
Singh was previously removed from election duty as an observer in the Gujarat elections in November for posting pictures with a vehicle bearing his designation. He is well known for his presence on social media, having acted in the Netflix series “Delhi Crime Season 2” and in music videos by popular artists B Praak and Jubin Nautiyal. He has over 30 lakh followers on Instagram.
The suspension was issued by Additional Chief Secretary Devesh Chaturvedi on Wednesday, with the consent of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. A separate charge sheet is expected to be issued against Singh soon.
It is worth noting that the UP government has cancelled the leave of all IAS and IPS officers until February 15 in preparation for the Global Investors Summit.
Singh comes from a family of high-ranking officers, with his wife Durga Shakti Nagpal being an IAS officer in the UP cadre and his father Kripa Shankar Singh being a former IPS officer in UP. Before joining the IAS, Singh served in the police force in Mumbai. He has faced previous suspensions, including one in 2014 for alleged misbehavior with a Dalit teacher, and another in October of last year for extended absence. He was on deputation in Delhi from 2015 to 2018, and was sent back to the UP cadre in March 2020 but failed to report.