After months of suspense over whether the government will adopt a sympathetic view towards the suspension of G.K. Dwivedi, former joint secretary (foreigners division) in the Union home ministry, the Modi government on Wednesday revoked his suspension and placed him at the disposal of the Department of Personnel and Training for further orders.
Dwivedi was suspended on September 1 for allegedly facilitating renewal of the FCRA licence of an NGO headed by controversial televangelist Zakir Naik to receive foreign grant, despite a probe ordered by the security agencies against it.
Other junior officials, who were suspended alongside Dwivedi in the foreigners division, are still waiting for further orders as the inquiry report of the home ministry has been sent for further action to DOPT. Two deputy secretaries and one section officer had been suspended over the FCRA issue.
The IAS association as well as Dwivedi 's colleagues in the MHA had protested against his suspension even as the to bureaucrat had given representations to Union home minister Rajnath Singh saying he had not personally cleared the file and the responsibility had been delegated to his junior officers.
Naik and his NGO Islamic Research Foundation came under the lens after the arrested Islamic State operatives allegedly told the National Investigation Agency that they got influenced by Naik's speeches to carry out acts of terror.