UP Chief Secy shunted out, Rahul Bhatnagar new CS

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today shunted out Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal, considered close to minister Shivpal Yadav, barely two months after he took charge.

Principal Secretary (Finance) Rahul Bhatnagar has been appointed the new Chief Secretary.

"Singhal has been removed and put on wait list. Principal Secretary (Finance) Rahul Bhatnagar has been made new Chief Secretary," an official spokesman said here.

Bhatnagar is an UP-cadre IAS officer of 1983 batch. Singhal, one year senior to him, had taken charge on July 7, replacing Alok Ranjan who had retired on June 30.

Though no reason was given behind the development, Samajwadi Party insiders said the chief minister was perhaps not happy with him as he had attended a dinner hosted by SP Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh in Delhi which Akhilesh gave a miss.