Known for calling a spade a spade, Madhya Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary Radheshyam Julania seems in no mood to leave the State, though he was empanelled by the Centre for deputation in New Delhi last year. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on his part, is also keen to retain this result-oreinted competent 1985-batch IAS officer till the assembly election due in December 2018. Their mutual bonding is so strong that the Chief Minister has sent signals to the bureaucracy to not mess with Julania. Defending this, Chouhan’s close aides point out how the IAS officer as principal secretary in the water resources department overhauled the irrigation system. His untiring work in the department helped Madhya Pradesh a great deal in winning the Krishi Karman award for best agricultural growth year after year in India. Last year, Julania was elevated as Chief Secretary and posted in Panchayat and Rural Development Department. The new portfolio provided him with opportunities to interact with subordinate IAS officers, particularly collectors, more regularly. And atleast half a dozen of them suffered from Julania’s tongue-lashing for laxity. His frequent videoconferencing with subordinates invariably resulted in at least a couple of lax officers being suspended on the spot. Julania’s first victim was controversial IAS officer Ramesh Thete, Secretary in the department. Thete even threatened to lodge an FIR against his boss and commit suicide. The Chief Minister then eased Thete out of the department. Thete’s replacement, Dipali Rastogi, refused to work under Julania. The government yielded to her request but did not shift Julania. Another IAS officer and Badwani Collector Tajasvi Nayak was publicly scolded by Julania during a departmental conference. Last month, Commissioner of Panchayati Raj, Santosh Mishra, was admitted to Bhopal’s Hamidia Hospital after suffering a mild attack following a clash with Julania. Bureaucratic circles were agog with speculation that this time round, the Chief Minister would take action against Julania. But the Chief Minister once again sided with Julania and shifted Mishra to the secretariat.