Shock and grief have gripped his friends following the demise of Sajal Chakravorty, ex-Chief Secretary of Jharkhand.

Chakravorty, who was a 1981 batch IAS officer of Bihar- Jharkhand cadre, was a brilliant student. He is slated to be cremated in Bengaluru today. His friends are in a state of shock and grief.

“A sad end to an illustrious personality”, says Pradeep Kumar Sinha, a college friend of Chakravorty.

“Many of us saw him in college days where he looked different in his demeanour with an added dash of smartness. Later on, whatever I heard from others,I wonder if he suffered due to a sense of lack of judgement and an element of natural waywardness. May his soul rest in peace”, adds Sinha.

Chakravorty had an illustrious career with the Indian Air Force. “Due to an unfortunate injury sustained by his brother during the Bangladesh war( he was in the infantry I believe ), he gained weight and was grounded”, says another friend Sukhdeo Kumar.

Soon Chakravorty quit IAF and while preparing for the civil service exams, he writes stories in The Calcutta-based newspaper -The Telegraph. Later he competed in civil services exams conducted by the UPSC and secured top rank in interview. He joined the Indian Administrative Service, says Monojit Mallik, Chakravorty’s another St.Xavier’s college friend.

“I had seen him like many others from close quarters during college days as I have mentioned above. Later on, I used to hear about him as I left Ranchi in 1978 and was there for short periods later on. I am not sure but the impression I carried from casual references in conversation with friends was that he got mired into issues that he could have possibly avoided through better discretion. He ended up dissipating himself which might have contributed to rather premature death. If anything, one feels sad about him because he was also an affable character. Possibly you can throw more light on his personality”, says Sinha.

How he died?Medical reports accessed by revealed that Chakravorty who was a convict in fodder scam was on payroll on medical ground in Bengaluru. 

He underwent a double cardiac stenting on Wednesday and apparently went well. However, he was  shifted to ICU for observation but developed ventricular fibrillation and expired.

“ He was actually trapped in fodder scam”, thinks Arvind Lall, another friend of Chakravorty.
May his soul rest in peace.


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