Sanjay Popli Age, Caste, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Wife: Shree Popli
Hometown: Amritsar, Punjab
Age: 59 Years

Sanjay Popli

Profession(s)IAS officer, Professor
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 10”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Provincial Civil Service
Allotment Date1992
Indian Administrative Service
Allotment Date2008
Date of Joining23 August 2017

Note: He was promoted and inducted into Indian Administrative Service against the vacancies from the State Civil Service quota of Punjab.
Positions Held• Special Secretary — Social Security — Women & Child Dev (from 24 August 2017 to 15 July 2018)
• Special Secretary — Department of Cooperation, Punjab govt— Agricultural Marketing / Agriculture & Cooperation (from 16 July 2018 to 23 September 2019)
• Director — Sports & Youth — Youth Affairs & Sports (24 September 2019)
• Special Secretary — Sports & Youth Services (Addl.)
• CEO of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board
• Appointed as the Commissioner for persons with disabilities and Director of Pensions in May 2022
Personal Life
Date of Birth21 September 1963 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2022)59 Years
Zodiac signVirgo
SignatureSanjay Popli's signature
HometownAmritsar, Punjab
SchoolSt. Francis School, Amritsar, Punjab
College/University• Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar [1]Sanjay Popli- Facebook
• Hindu College, Amritsar
Educational Qualification• A bachelor's degree in English Literature
• A bachelor's degree in Geography
• M. Phil. (American Literature)
• M.A. English from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar [2]ToAZ- Punjab IAS officers complete as on 20th may 2020.pdf
AddressHouse No. 520, Sector 11, Chandigarh
ControversiesCorruption Charges
On 20 June 2022, Sanjay Popli was arrested in a bribery case following the discovery of a video, which was produced by the Karnal-based contractor Sanjay Kumar on the anti-corruption helpline. The video showed Sanjay demanding the second instalment of a bribe worth Rs 7 lakhs for the allotment of a tender pertaining to sewerage works in Nawanshahr, Punjab. [3]The Tribune

Accused under Arms Act
A day after Sanjay Popli's arrest on 20 June 2022, the Chandigarh Police registered a case against him under the Arms Act after the Vigilance Bureau claimed to have found unaccounted live cartridges from his house during anti-corruption raids during which they recovered 73 bullets, 41 of 7.65 bore, 30 of .22 bore and two of .32 bore. [4]The Tribune

Charges of Extortion, False Evidence, and Criminal Conspiracy
On 24 June 2022, charges of extortion, false evidence and criminal conspiracy were levelled against Sanjay Popli and an unidentified woman. [5]The Indian Express

Accusing Vigilance Bureau of killing Kartik Popli
On 25 June 2022, the Punjab vigilance team searched Sanjay Popli's house in Sector-11, Chandigarh, during which his son, Kartik Popli, died of gunshot injuries. Popli’s family accused the vigilance bureau officials of shooting Kartik. While addressing the media, Sanjay Popli claimed that he was an eyewitness to the murder of his son. However, Chandigarh’s SSP Kuldeep Chahal denied Sanjay's claims and said that the vigilance team was undertaking a raid on the premises of the Popli house when they heard a gunshot and realized that Kartik had shot himself with his licensed gun. Thereafter, Kartik was rushed to hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. [6]The Print The vigilance team recovered nearly 12 kgs of gold and silver from arrested Sanjay Popli's house in Chandigarh, which included 9 gold bricks, 49 gold biscuits, 12 gold coins, 3 silver bricks, 18 silver coins, 4 iPhones, and Rs. 3.5 lakh in cash.
A picture of gold, cash, and other valuable items recovered from arrested IAS officer Sanjay Popli's residence in Chandigarh by the Punjab Vigilance team
While narrating the incident, Sanjay's wife, Shree, said that the team came to their home and took Kartik to the first floor for interrogation. She said,
"They started pressuring him… They did not allow me to go upstairs, despite my requests. I somehow managed to catch a glimpse from the staircase and saw that they had a gun aimed at my son. I tried to go upstairs but was stopped. Moments later, I heard a gunshot. They killed my son." 
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseShree Popli (or Sri Popli)
Shree Popli
ChildrenSon- Kartik Popli (a law graduate who was preparing for the judicial service examination before his death on 25 June 2022)
IAS officer Sanjay Popli's son, Kartik Popli
ParentsFather- K.C. Popli
Sanjay Popli posing infront of his father's portrait
Mother- Usha Popli (died on 17 August 2020 in PGIMER, Chandigarh)
Usha Popli

Sanjay Popli

Some Lesser Known Facts About Sanjay Popli

  • Sanjay Popli is a former Indian professor and an IAS officer who was arrested over corruption charges on 20 June 2022.
  • After completing his formal education, he served as a Professor of English and American Literature at St. Bede’s College, Shimla from July 1990 to May 1992.
  • He became a PCS officer in 1992 after which he was posted as SDM in various districts of Punjab.
  • While he was serving as the SDM of Jalalabad in 1997, he had a quarrel with a police officer, following which he was transferred.
  • He was given adverse remarks in his Annual Confidential Report (ACR) for the year 2003-2004. His general assessment read,

    He was found of ‘eloping’ from sub-divisional headquarters which an SDM can ill afford. Refused to mend his ways in spite of repeated advice/warnings.”

    At that time, he had filed a case for being granted the designation of Joint Secretary and for placement in the pay scale admissible in relation to the designation.

  • Following his allotment as an IAS officer in the Punjab cadre in 2008, Popli had to fight a legal battle to be elevated to the position. He was reportedly denied an integrity certificate by the then Chief Secretary. Popli was in­cluded in the com­bined el­i­gi­bil­ity list of va­can­cies for consideration for pro­mo­tion to the IAS, from 2010 to 2013 con­sec­u­tively. In 2016, he filed a pe­ti­tion in the Cen­tral Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (CAT) for con­sid­er­ing his pro­mo­tion for the In­dian Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vice with ret­ro­spec­tive ef­fect from 2010. Po­pli said the UPSC had re­jected his rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the ba­sis of his ACR (for the year 2007-08). He ac­cused the IAS branch of the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment of prob­a­bly tam­per­ing with and mis­rep­re­sent­ing his records.
  • After his elevation to the IAS, Popli served in the Industries Department, Welfare of SC and BC Department, Pensions, etc.
  • Since childhood, he was fond of playing cricket. He earned the title of Best Bowler during a cricket match between Punjab Governor’s IAS Eleven and Haryana Governor’s IAS Eleven, which was held at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.

    Sanjay Popli receiving an award for Best Bowler in 2017 for a cricket match between Punjab Governor’s IAS Eleven and Haryana Governor’s IAS Eleven

    Sanjay Popli receiving an award for Best Bowler in 2017 for a cricket match between Punjab Governor’s IAS Eleven and Haryana Governor’s IAS Eleven

  • He can speak four languages, Hindi, Punjabi, English, and Urdu.