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Dog walking row: IAS officer sent to Ladakh, wife to Arunachal Pradesh

The move came hours after the Indian Express’s exclusive report that the government-run Thyagraj Stadium was being closed for sports activities earlier than usual so that the bureaucrat could walk his dog at the facility. 

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New Delhi: Delhi’s Principal Secretary (Revenue) Sanjeev Khirwar and his wife Rinku Dugga, also an IAS officer, who are at the center of controversy over their alleged misuse of a sports facility in the national capital have been sent to Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh respectively. 

The move came hours after the Indian Express’s exclusive report that the government-run Thyagraj Stadium was being closed for sports activities earlier than usual so that the bureaucrat could walk his dog at the facility. 

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In an order, the Home Ministry said Sanjay Khirwar, a 1994-IAS officer, has been shifted to Ladakh and his wife to Arunachal Pradesh with immediate effect. 

According to the reports, Thyagraj Stadium was being emptied, and athletes were told to leave by 7 pm so that the power couple could take evening stroll along with their dog.

Following the news story which broke in the morning today, the Delhi Government sprung into action and issued directions to increase practice timings of all stadiums till 10 pm.

“We are issuing instructions that all sports facilities should remain open till 10 pm so that the sportspersons can use them,” Kejriwal told reporters during his participation at the oath-taking ceremony of the new Delhi LG Vinai Kumar Saxena.

The chief secretary submitted a report to the Home Ministry in the evening, prompting the ministry to order their transfer. With agency inputs

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