Age: 35 Years
Husband: Sudhir Reddy
|Full Name||Rohini Sindhuri Dasari The Times of India|
|Other names||Rohini Sinduri NDTV
Sindhuri Dasari Bangalore Mirror
|Service||Indian Administrative Service (IAS)|
|Major Designation(s)||2011: Assistant Commissioner in Tumkur, Karnataka
2012: Commissioner of the urban development department of Tumkur
2013: Director of Rural Development & Panchayat Raj Department, Self Employment Project (SEP), Bangalore
2014: Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Panchayat, Mandya, Government of Karnataka
2015: Managing Director of Karnataka Food & Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (KFCSC)
2017: Deputy Commissioner, Hassan, Karnataka
|Date of Birth||30 May 1984 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as in 2019)||35 Years|
|Birthplace||Rudraksha Pally, Sathupally Mandal, Khammam district, Andhra Pradesh, (now Telangana) India|
|Hometown||Rudraksha Pally, Sathupally Mandal, Khammam district, Andhra Pradesh, (now Telangana) India|
|College/University||University of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Educational Qualification||B.Tech in Chemical Engineering Supremo|
|Caste||Dasari IAS Passion|
|Hobbies||Listening to music|
|Controversies||• Fought for premature transfer
On 14 July 2017, Rohini took the charge of the deputy commissioner of the Hassan district in Karnataka. Even though the minimum tenure for a deputy commissioner is two years, Rohini, within seven months of her appointment, was issued the transfer orders on 22 January 2018. Reportedly, the reason behind receiving the orders of her transfer prematurely was her alleged feud with the Indian politician A Manju, which occurred while granting the contract of construction for the event of Mahamastakabhisheka, held in Shravanabelagola, Karnataka. As per the media sources, the tiff between the two rose when Rohini gave the contract to the Public Works Department (PWD). On the contrary, Manju wanted the contract to be awarded to the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL). After Rohini appealed to the Election Commission (EC) about her premature transfer, the orders for her transfer were put on hold. On the contrary, within two days, another transfer order was issued to Rohini by the state government following which Rohini approached the Karnataka High Court. After fighting the case for almost five months, Rohini was reinstated as the deputy commissioner of Hassan on 25 June 2018. The New Indian Express
• Locked the district in-charge minister’s office
During Rohini’s tenure as the deputy commissioner of Hassan, Rohini, on 31 March 2018, stoked controversy when she issued orders to lock down the office of the Indian politician A Manju, located at the PWD Inspection Bungalow. His office, which was supposed to be unoccupied, had some female workers, who were working to clear some pending work, behind closed doors. Consequently, a case was registered against Manju for breaching the Model Code of Conduct and a notice was issued to him, seeking an explanation regarding the use of government space for election work. The Times of India
• Accused of harassment and humiliation
Shilpa Nag, an IAS officer, announced her resignation on 3 June 2021, after she was targeted by Rohini Sindhuri for not performing the duties assigned to her as the commissioner of Mysuru City Corporation (MCC). Shilpa, while addressing the reporters, claimed that Rohini constantly embarrassed her and the MCC staff members for not accomplishing the work allotted to them. On the contrary, Rohini claimed the allegations as baseless and stated that she only asked for the documents related to the allocation of funds for Covid relief, which did not constitute any form of harassment. As a consequence, both the IAS officers received their transfer orders from the Karnataka government after they refused to settle their dispute. Sindhuri joined the Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments as a commissioner, who earlier served as the Mysuru Deputy Commissioner, whereas Shilpa was appointed as the director of E-governance in Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department. Talking about how Rohini humiliated her at the workplace, Shilpa said,
There is harassment and humiliation by the DC. I have had no mental peace, no proper sleep and no food for the past week. I have had enough. No district or city should have such an officer. She has been humiliating MCC staff and has threatened to suspend them.” The Print
• Defamation case filed by S. R. Mahesh
S. R. Mahesh, an Indian politician and a Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Krishnarajanagara constituency, filed a civil and criminal defamation case against Rohini Sindhuri in September 2022, for accusing him falsely in an illegal land-grabbing case. Mahesh alleged that Rohini passed disrespectful statements against him, eventually defaming him and damaging his political career. Mahesh, through the case, demanded an apology in writing and compensation of Rs 1 crore. The New Indian Express
• Alleged of misusing state resources
Lucky Ali, an Indian singer, accused Rohini Sindhuri and her husband, Sudhir Reddy, of allegedly assisting the land mafia in illegally capturing his farmhouse in December 2022. Ali claimed that his farmhouse was a trust property, situated at Kenchenahalli, Yelahanka, Bengaluru. He alleged that Rohini helped her husband in illegally seizing his property and forging the authentic documents of the farmhouse. Lucky, in his complaint, talked about Rohini's alleged involvement in the matter, which read,
My farm which is a Trust Property located in Kenchenahalli Yelahanka is being encroached on illegally by Sudhir Reddy (and Madhu Reddy) from the Bangalore land mafia, with the help of his wife who is an IAS officer by the name of Rohini Sindhuri. They are misusing state resources for their personal gain. They are forcibly and illegally coming inside my farm and refusing to show the relevant documents." The Times of India
On the contrary, Rohini's husband, Sudhir Reddy claimed the accusations as groundless and said that the farmhouse was not owned by Lucky Ali. Rohini, in an interview, addressed Ali's allegations as baseless and stated that she was unnecessarily dragged into the matter. She said,
I have nothing to do with the property and the said land was purchased by my brother-in-law Madhusudhan Reddy before my marriage to Sudhir Reddy. I am unduly being dragged in with ulterior motives in a matter I have no role at all. It is done with an intention to malign and cause disrepute to me and gain public sympathy. I will file a defamation suit against the singer. There is an injunction against Lucky Ali and his statements are contemptuous. It is unfortunate that Ali is misusing his celebrity status and throwing mud at me." The Times of India
• Spat between D. Roopa and Rohini Sindhuri
In February 2023, two senior women bureaucrats, D. Roopa (Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation Managing Director) and Rohini Sindhuri (Muzrai Deputy Commissioner) locked horns over social media posts. In two long posts, D Roopa made personal remarks against Rohini Sindhuri and accused her of corruption. However, Sindhuri termed the allegations baseless and said that D Roopa made the allegations out of personal hatred. In her posts, D Roopa attached personal photographs of Rohini, which Rohini had sent to various IAS officers, citing the violation of the service code of conduct. Additionally, Roopa laid 19 allegations on Rohini including corruption accusations. While addressing the media reporters regarding the allegations she made against Rohini, Roopa said,
What does it mean when these kind of pictures are sent to male senior officials? This is not a private matter. I am publishing these pictures now because I was able to access it only now. If I had received it earlier, I would have published. This is not a private matter. I will take this up further. This is a violation of the code of conduct.” NDTV
While responding to D Roopa's accusations, Sindhuri said,
The photos are screenshots and picked from social media posts/ WhatsApp status and used to scandalise me. It is her (Ms. Roopa) standard modus operandi. She has done it in every place she has worked. She has always craved for media attention. I will take legal and other actions with appropriate authorities for her actions amounting to misconduct and criminal offences under various sections of IPC.” The Hindu
|Relationships & More|
|Husband/Spouse||Sudhir Reddy (Software Engineer)
Daughter- Sirinya Reddy
|Parents||Father- Name Not Known
Mother- Lakshmi Reddy
|Siblings||Sister- Priyanka Reddyu (dermatologist)|
|Other Relative||Brother-in-law- Madhusudhan Reddy|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Rohini Sindhuri
- In 2014, Rohini was posted as the CEO of Mandya Zilla Panchayat. She had launched a drive to provide individual toilets to 1.02 lakh households during 2014–15. Due to her action for cleanliness, she came into limelight. Around 1 Lakh toilets were made in Mandya and it became No. 1 District in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in the state and 3rd in India.
- After completing her engineering degree, Rohini worked with a company, Shell, for a brief peroid. However, her interest inclined towards pursuing a career in civil services, and she decided to prepare for UPSC examination. In an interview, on being asked about the reason behind preparing for the UPSC exam, Rohini replied,
I did not want to end up designing boilers. Civil services is a profession which is close to politics and the media and everyday is a challenge.”
- She successfully utilised the central government’s Rs. 65 crores fund for drinking water. More than 100 drinking water units were instituted across the city. After being pleased with Rohini’s work, the central government gave Rs. 6 crores extra for the same purpose.
- She also called upon farmers to adopt sustainable farming. Apart from it, she also took the matter of female foeticide in the city seriously. To combat the problems of female foeticide, she ran a program to educate parents against the practice.
- As the CEO of Mandya Zilla Panchayat, she also launched an app for downloading property documents without running around offices.
- Due to her performance in Swacch Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) in Mandya District, the Union Government selected her as one of the three resource persons to train District Collectors in New Delhi in 2015.
- Her batchmate, IAS D. K. Ravi fell in love and proposed her for marriage but she refused as she was already married. After getting fallen apart, he committed suicide on 16 March 2015.
- In 2017, when Rohini was posted as a District Collector Hassan District, the District was at the 31st place in the SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) results. After two years in 2019, the District stood first. This all happened due to Rohini’s importance to reform the education system.
- Rohini also took on the Sand mafia, which was very prevalent in Hassan. She conducted raids and took strict actions against culprits.
- In 2018, she was transferred from Hassan District just after seven months service as a Hassan DC. The transfer was due to the pressure from the local politicians. However, she approached the High Court against the transfer. Later, the Cheif Minister, H D Kumaraswamy re-appointed her as the Hassan DC.
- Rohini was issued a show-cause notice by the state government on 23 February 2018 for not being present to greet the then-chief minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah, who was invited to inaugurate the Mahamastakabhisheka, a Jain community event held at Shravanabelagola, on 7 February 2018. As per the government protocol, it is compulsory for the district deputy commissioner to receive and see off the chief minister during any event. Being the deputy commissioner of Hassan, Rohini failed to address Siddaramaiah at the event and eventually, she was issued a notice demanding an explanation for violating the government protocol.
- On 1 January 2019, Rohini launched Spandana Online Portal, an online grievance redressal system. With the help of this system, anyone can submit their grievances online easily due to which it becomes easy to assess the problems on priority and the administration can take necessary measures.
- She is fluent in several languages, including Kannada, Telugu, Hindi and English.
- M R Ravi, the deputy commissioner of Chamarajanagar, accused Rohini of not providing oxygen cylinders to the Chamarajanagar hospital in Karnataka, which eventually resulted in the demise of 24 Covid patients due to the shortage of oxygen in May 2021. On the contrary, Rohini claimed the allegations as baseless as and stated that she was not responsible for managing the oxygen supply. Thereafter, to investigate the matter, a Fact-Finding Committee was constituted by the Karnataka High Court, which exonerated Rohini from the allegations and stated that she had no connection with the supply of oxygen cylinders.
- S. R. Mahesh, an Indian politician and Janata Dal (Secular) candidate, accused Rohini Sindhuri of various allegations during her stint as the district commissioner of Mysuru on 20 May 2022. As a consequence, the Karnataka government instructed an investigation against Rohini for the allegations leveled at her, such as renovating Jala Sannidhi, a heritage property and the official residence of the deputy commissioner of Mysuru by building a swimming pool and a gym, purchasing environment-friendly cloth bags at a higher rate than usual from the Karnataka State Handloom Development Corporation (KHDC), and supplying wrong data related to the number of Covid deaths in the district. The Statesman
- Rohini received 55.78% marks in her UPSC exam.