A day after BJP accused him of favouring state government in poll-bound Rajasthan, Chief Secretary CK Mathew on Wednesday night proceeded on a 58-day leave till completion of the election process in the state.
"I have sent leave application to the Department of Personnel, requesting for its sanction," Mathew said.
When asked about the reason for his leave, Mathew said, "It is an official matter and I cannot disclose it."
The letter will be taken up by the DoP on Thursday.
The BJP had yesterday demanded immediate shifting of Mathew, alleging that his working style was "doubtful" and the officer was "fulfilling interests of the state government."
The party had also alleged "gross violation" of model code of conduct in poll-bound Rajasthan, saying the state machinery was being misused to popularise government's flagship schemes.