RAIPUR: Suspended Chhattisgarh deputy jail superintendent Varsha Dongre has finally returned to respond to her suspension order issued by the DG (Jail).
She has expressed surprise over the decision for not giving her the requisite time to file the reply to the notice served earlier. Dongre has been asked to report to the Ambikapur central jail (in north Chhattisgarh).
In her post, she expressed objection against the official order and kept the option of seeking legal recourse open as according to her “justice has not been done to her”.
“I have sent (a) 376-page response to a 32-page notice that was issued to me by the investigating officer KK Rai, who was given seven days to probe my social media post. (He) actually asked me to file the reply just in two days” she wrote in her post. Dongre nevertheless has decided to protest her suspension order legally as she questioned how her social media post was treated as wrong and she was suspended before the investigative officer accomplished his report.
The DIG pointed out that Dongre could have explored other options. “Every aspect will be probed. If Dongre has any complaint about the system, why did she post it on a public forum. She could have suggested or written about it to the State government directly. This rule applies to all,” DIG (Jail) KK Gupta said.
The suspended jailer, however, claimed what she wrote in her post was within the framework of law and constitution.
“I have written what I saw. I have not violated anything that is regarded as officially confidential. Everyone has the freedom of expression granted by the constitution,” Dongre asserted as she responded to the notice served to her.
Few days after the deadly Maoist ambush at Sukma in which 25 CRPF jawans were killed, Dongre wrote on Facebook that the State police resort to “third-degree torture and atrocities” on young tribal girls at police stations.
She also revealed that “tribal villages were burnt, women tortured and raped in Maoist-affected areas”.