Kerala IAS officer suspended for violating quarantine instructions

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Anupam Mishra, Kollam deputy collector, who allegedly violated house quarantine instructions after arriving in India from abroad, was suspended from service pending a departmental investigation. A criminal case has also been registered against him.

Mishra, a 2016 IAS officer, was suspended based on the report by Kollam district collector B Abdul Nazar, who cited the sub-collector's action as improper and unwarranted.

Mishra had arrived in the state on March 18 from Singapore. The district collector asked him to be placed in mandatory quarantine for 14 days, to which the deputy collector immediately agreed. However, when health officials went to the subcollector's residence on Thursday as part of a routine checkup, they found that the subcollector's residence was locked from the outside.

When the district collector contacted him, he stated that he is quarantined at his brother's Bangalore residence. However, when verified, the location of his mobile tower showed that it was in Kanpur. A case has been registered under section 269 IPC against him, ”said IG (southern area) Harshitha Attalluri.

Under Section 269, whoever performs any act unlawfully or negligently, and who knows or has reason to believe that the infection is likely to spread any life-threatening illness, shall be punished with imprisonment for any description for term that can be extended to six months, or with a fine, or both.

The district collector had filed a report with the state government on the irresponsible and illegal action on the part of the subcollector. “Being a responsible person who must lead by example, the action of the sub-collector can in no case be justified. A departmental action against him will also be initiated, in addition to pursuing the case registered by the police, said the main government sources.