Ethics case study
You are the Secretary of a State IAS Officers Association(SIOA). Recently, a
senior IAS Officer posted as Chairman of the State Staff Selection
Commission was arrested in connection with a question paper leak scam.
Following his arrest, many IAS officers have approached you to organize a
collective action to seek justice for him. They are proposing that an
emergency meeting of all members of the SIOA be convened and a
systematic plan be formulated to help the senior officer before he suffers
further victimization at the hands of the politicians and police. Suggestions
being made include an appeal to the Governor, forming a human chain at
the Raj Bhavan etc.
How would you approach this situation and what would be the main
elements of your suggested solution?
(200 words – 20 marks)
I would strongly discourage the officers from taking any such steps and urge
them to let the law take its course. They must not forget that a scam has occurred
and that it is their duty to cooperate with the authorities to ensure that
accountability is enforced.
The main elements of my actions would be:
i) The allegations regarding victimization of the arrested officer at the hands of
the politicians and police reflects a lack of trust in the IAS cadre towards
parallel institutions of the State. This further weakens public trust in the govt.
ii) If their concerns regarding the harassment of the officer are justified, it is their
duty to ensure that institutional changes are incorporated in the govt. to
ensure that nobody, including him, can be similarly victimized. However, they
have no right to interfere in or manipulate the due process of law.
iii) The proposals being made reflect an unhealthy bias by the IAS cadre towards
its own personnel, on extremely subjective grounds. It would be pertinent to
point out that similar suggestions are not made when the trial of a dishonest
officer is being unduly delayed or diluted.