Dog walking row- IAS Officer couple transferred to Arunachal Pradesh

27 May, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

In the evening, the chief secretary submitted a report to the MHA on the facts, prompting the ministry to order the IAS couple's relocation.

The Centre moved quickly in response to a report in The Indian Express that athletes training at the Delhi government-run Thyagraj Stadium were being asked to leave early every day so that Delhi Principal Secretary (Revenue) Sanjeev Khirwar could walk his dog on the tracks, and transferred the IAS officer to Ladakh “with immediate effect.”

Khirwar’s wife Rinku Dugga, who is also an IAS officer, has been sent to Arunachal Pradesh, according to an order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

The home ministry requested a report from the Delhi Chief Secretary on the news report about Khirwar and his wife abusing amenities at Thyagraj Stadium, according to government sources quoted by news agency PTI.

According to them, the chief secretary filed a factual report to the MHA in the evening, causing the ministry to order their transfer. According to the sources, the report prompted the appropriate measures.

While Delhi BJP leader Adesh Gupta requested action against Khirwar in a letter to newly appointed L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena, Congress MP Manish Tewari asked Union Minister of State Dr. Jitendra Singh to “make an example out of this officer…”

Khirwar and Dugga are AGMUT cadre officers from the 1994 class. District magistrates report to Khirwar, who is one of the most senior officials in the Delhi administration. He is also the Secretary of the Department of the Environment. Dugga is currently employed by the Delhi government as Secretary, Land and Building.