Dhumal assures probe into police shoe supply contract

After the Opposition Congress levelled allegations of ‘grave irregularities’ in the purchase of shoes for the police department,Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday assured the Assembly that there would be a thorough inquiry into the matter and appropriate action would be taken against the guilty.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published: March 30, 2012 2:43 am

After the Opposition Congress levelled allegations of ‘grave irregularities’ in the purchase of shoes for the police department,Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday assured the Assembly that there would be a thorough inquiry into the matter and appropriate action would be taken against the guilty.

The issue was raised in the House by Congress MLA Mukesh Agnihotri during a discussion of the cut-motions on the police department and he sought an independent probe into the purchase deal. Agnihotri,quoting from documents in the House,asserted that an additional Director General of Police had recommended the lodging of an FIR in the matter. He accused the government of having failed to act in the matter. There were also irregularities relating to non-adherence to the contract rate and parallel orders were placed to the firms,he said.

Even as the chief minister sought to downplay the MLA’s charges,asserting that it could also be a case of rivalry between the police officers,he,however,maintained that there were no efforts to condone the irregularities. “ We will inquire into the irregularities and take appropriate action,” Dhumal said. He,however,pointed out that there had been no complaints on the quality of the shoes and the government had saved some Rs 5 lakh after calling the second quotation. While replying to the Opposition,Dhumal also defended the government’s decision on change of police uniforms,another potent issue that was also raised by Agnihotri,who took exception to the police force having to change the colour of their uniforms to blue.

Dhumal said the state Police board had already taken a decision to switch back to khaki in view of the demand raised by the police personnel but said two other states – Sikkim and West Bengal – had different uniforms other than khaki. “ Since we have taken a decision to revert back to khaki,it’s a dead issue now”,he said.

The government also came under sharp attack from the opposition members on the alleged deterioration of the law and order situation. Twelve Congress members led by Kaul Singh Thakur accused the BJP government of misusing the police forces to file several cases against Congress leaders on flimsy grounds.

Dhumal offered to withdraw all ‘political’ cases,if,he said,the Congress provided details especially in cases where no damage had been caused to public property. On the corruption FIR against Union Minister Virbhadra Singh registered by state Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau in 2009,Dhumal denied any political angle in the case. “ The CD was released by a former Congress minister and persons accused (Virbhadra Singh) have approached the high court and got a stay in using the CD during the election campaign. Later another person,a retired IAS officer also filed a case in the high court on which the then Congress government opposed a CBI probe asserting that state police was fully capable of investigating it. Now,the matter is under trial,” the chief minister said.

He,however,reminded the Opposition that it was a Congress government that had tried to implicate him in a recruitment scam despite a Hyderabad-based laboratory giving him a clean chit in the matter.

After the Opposition Congress levelled allegations of ‘grave irregularities’ in the purchase of shoes for the police department,Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday assured the Assembly that there would be a thorough inquiry into the matter and appropriate action would be taken against the guilty.

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