‘Stalker’ IRS officer Sohail M Ansari had a chequered past; He was recommended for dismissal as well
NEW DELHI: The Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Sohail M Ansari had a dented past as he was recommended for termination by his superiors before getting arrested in a case of molestation and stalking last week.
According to an inquiry report, a copy of which is with The New Indian, in 2012 (during his training), Ansari was allegedly involved in various acts of “indiscipline and misconduct”.
As per the report, during training, various acts of indiscipline and misconduct were repeated by him. His acts were also objected to by the other officers, who complained to the higher authorities as well.
Ansari was found to be indulged in illegitimate financial gratification through abuse of his official position, falsification, making baseless and wild allegations against the course team and other batchmates, and threatening another trainee officer, Rajesh Kumar.
After the inquiry, Ansari was declared “unsuitable to hold any post in government service.”
As per the inquiry report, submitted by an ADG-II level officer, it was stated that “Sohail Malik Ansari, a dentist by qualification aged 30 years old, could not withstand the rigours of the hectic training schedule, which starts at 5.45 am and runs up to late in the evening on some specified occasions.”
“The course team was also called upon to give its comments on the recommendations of the disciplinary committee. The course team suggested that the conduct of Dr Sohail M Ansari is inimical to organisational interests and opined that the officer trainee is unsuitable to hold any post in Government Service and recommended his removal from the service,” the report said.
The report further stated that the conduct of Dr Sohail M Ansari is far from satisfactory. An officer trainee who is hardly one year into Government Service has been indulging in various acts of omission and commissions that are unbecoming of a Government servant and lack absolute devotion to duty.
“These are contrary to the desired personality attributes and qualities expected out of an officer trainee recruited into the IRS who is expected to hold important positions and interact with the public, members of Bar, Chartered Accountants, Superiors, Press, and Subordinates,” stated further.
The rules provide for termination of the service of a probationer without enquiry while undergoing training, it is found that the officer trainee is not likely to become an efficient and good officer, it added.
Ansari was arrested last week following a complaint by an IAS officer who narrated that she had been molested on certain occasions by Ansari since 2020. Last week she filed a complaint and Ansari was booked under sections 354 (assault to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354-D (stalking), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word/act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC.
He was arrested and later got bail. The court had said that no fruitful purpose would be served by keeping him behind bars.