Against the backdrop of claims that IAS officer Anurag Tewari could have become a victim of the 'IAS mafia' - which allegedly wanted to prevent him from exposing a major scam - it has now come to light that the Food and Civil Supplies Department has had 18 commissioners in just 10 years! Tewari was the Commissioner of the same department.

Anurag Tewari's brother Mayank Tewari had stated that his IAS officer brother was about to unearth Rs 2,000 crore mega scam in the department. Also, Anurag was allegedly not happy here and wanted to move to the UP cadre, when Anurag had been hailed for his works on lake revival which no other IAS officers ever did.

Now, the fact that the department had seen 18 commissioners in the last 10 years has certainly stirred a hornet's nest. Check this. From a period of April 5, 2007 - April 10, 20017, as many as 18 IAS officers as commissioners have served the department. The line of officers also include, in-charge officers too, reports Prajavani.

However, a few of them have served only for a few months. Among them, KH Govindaraj was the only one IAS officer who stuck for more number of days (June 5, 2011 - February 4, 2017). Interestingly, in a period of close to one year - December 31, 2015 to December 23, 2016 - five officers have come and gone. They include V Anbukumar, RR Jannu, Ajay Nagbhushan, Shantha L Hulamani (senior KAS officer) and Manoj Kumar Jain. But, now, the questions - why the government changed so many officers in just a period of one year; what were the reasons behind it and was there any motive to do so - are crying for answers.

It is said that Tewari was with the department for just 132 days, working for only 38 days. He was posted to the department on January 4 and later he was sent on election duty from January 18. Later, he went to month's training till May 8. He had even sought for an extension of leave.

Meanwhile, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Department UT Khader has dared the BJP to produce if they have documents to prove even Rs 2,000 worth scam in the department. "One should not stoop to the level of politicising an officer's death. I am equally concerned over the death of the officer from my own department. The government has extended its complete co-operation to the investigation," he said.