Gujarat cadre IAS officer is facing arrest in huge corruption case days after IAS officer Pooja Singhal was jailed.
Days after the Enforcement Directorate arrested IAS officer Pooja Singhal in a corruption case, the CBI conducted a series of raids on premises linked to Gujarat cadre IAS officer Kankipati Rajesh. Premises raided included Rajesh’s residence in Ahmedabad, properties in Gandhinagar and Surat, and his native Rajahmundry in Andhra.
Who is Kankipati Rajesh Gujarat cadre IAS officer?
Rajesh is a 2011 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer. Rajesh is accused of accumulating his wealth by using the election expenditure account to deposit bribes he took to grant weapon licenses and mining contracts.
According to the CBI, as the Surendranagar district collector, Rajesh managed as many as 32 bank accounts, one of them being the election expenditure account. When he took over as the district collector, the election expenditure account had a balance of Rs. 5 lakh. However, the balance in the election expenditure account rose to Rs. 5 crores by April 2021. This was enough to raise suspicions about his questionable dealings.
Anyone wishing to obtain licenses for weapons or secure mining and sand quarry leases would deposit the bribery money into this account. The CBI has accused Rajesh of using the government bank account to park corruption money.
Rajesh is also said to have created fake agencies that he claimed worked for the government’s water supply projects, popularly known as Sajalam Sufalam.
Gujarat’s Anti-Corruption Bureau received numerous complaints against the IAS officer, who was accused of charging Rs. 5 lakh for issuing a weapon licence and Rs. 72 lakh for granting a sand mining lease.
After the allegations of corruption surfaced against Rajesh, the IAS officer was transferred from Surendranagar and appointed as joint secretary, Home Department, in Gujarat government in June last year.
Earlier, he also served as the Supernumerary Assistant Collector in Junagarh and a District Development Officer in Surat.
Rajesh is currently serving as the Joint Secretary in the General Administration Department of the Gujarat Government in Gandhinagar.
Kankipati Rajesh Education
Rajesh has a B.Tech. degree from University of Pondicherry, Pondicherry Engineering College.
Talking about his background, Rajesh recently wrote, “I am from Andhra Pradesh, spent my childhood in Assam, did my schooling & college from Telangana, Engineering from Pondicherry & Tamilnadu, prepared for #UPSC in UT of Delhi, got trained at @LBSNAA_Official Mussoorie, spend my holidays in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, serving in Gujarat & MARRIED to a HARYANVI. As years passed by I learnt to speak Hindi, Telugu, English, Gujrathi, and Tamil. I can understand a bit of Haryanvi😭 and a bit of Kannada and Malayalam 😝. That’s nearly 33% of the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution.
IAS Kankipati Rajesh’s wife
So, as informed by Rajesh, he’s married to a woman from Haryana.
IAS Kankipati Rajesh Salary
Whether the couple has any children is not known. Rajesh’s salary is believed to be in ex excess of Rs. 1 lakh per month. This doesn’t include other government perks such as official residence, car and other benefits.