Raju Narayana Swamy, the 1991 batch Kerala-cadre IAS officer, has been appointed as the principal secretary for parliamentary affairs.
In 2019, a committee headed by the Chief Secretary had recommended the Centre to terminate him from service. However, the Chief Minister had rejected the recommendation. Since then, his post as the chairman of Coconut Development Board (CDB) was prematurely repatriated citing various charges.
According to the reports, the government levelled charges including unauthorized absence from office and failure to share about his whereabouts after completing his tenure as the chairman of CDB with the government.
However, the Madras High Court had given a clean chit to Swamy dismissing all the allegations raised against him while serving as the chairman of CDB.
On March 17 last year, he had joined the state service but didn't receive an appointment letter or the salary.
In 22 years of his career, he was transferred 20 times. He had to pay a huge price for his anti-corruption campaign, which started from the very first day of his service.
Swamy held several posts including District collector of five districts, Director of Fisheries and Collegiate Education, Managing Director of Kerala State Co-operative Marketing Federation and Commissioner in Civil Supplies Department of Kerala before allegedly removing him from the post.
Apart from his IAS career, Swamy is well known for his writing. He has 26 books to his credit. For his Santhimantram Muzhangunna Thazvarayil, he won Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Travelogue.