J&K Chief Secy Quits Over Row With Mufti Govt

25 August 2015
Times of India
M Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: J&K chief secretary Iqbal Khanday resigned on Tuesday, less than three months before his retirement in November. His sudden exit raised eyebrows, with government sources telling TOI that Khandey had a fall out with the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government. While the Mufti had inherited him from the previous Omar Abdullah government, Khanday's proximity to the PDP patron is well known as he had served him as principal secretary during his previous term as CM. A 1978-batch IAS officer, Khanday is said to have been upset over the government's decision to ignore his advice to postpone a Cabinet meeting on August 21 after Khanday's grand-nephew died. However, not only did the Cabinet hold its meeting, it also ordered large-scale transfers in the civil administration which left Khanday unhappy. The government had deputed finance commissioner B R Sharma in place of Khanday during the meeting. Khanday, sources said, felt offended at being 'sidelined on some critical aspects of decision-making' ever since the PDP-BJP alliance came to power in March.