Disciplinary action against at least six IAS officers and 10 PCS officers of Punjab has been put off at least for the time being with the personnel department awaiting registration of a case against one of its former deputy secretaries who allegedly lost the files that dealt with cases against these officers.
Chief Secretary Rakesh Sharma had recommended the registration of a case against former deputy secretary Yog Raj Sharma,who was handling these files. The department had sent a reference for the registration of the case to the Chandigarh Police on August 24. However,the case is yet to be registered.
The cases,which the missing files dealt with included disciplinary charges pending against retired IAS officers J B Goel and Bikramjit Singh. Files pertaining to PSIEC MD M P Arora,IAS officer C S Srivastava and PCS officers Jasdeep Aulakh,Ranjit Singh,Inder Yash Bhatti,N S Baath,Dalwinderjit Singh and Jai Pal Singh are also missing.
Till now,31 files dealing with officers facing serious charges of corruption or indiscipline have been found missing. According to sources in the department,till Sharma is questioned by the police,there are very slim chances of retrieving the lost files. In the absence of any documents,the department cannot go ahead with action against any officer.
Sources added that a senior officer attached with Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is also allegedly interfering with the filing of the FIR as one of the missing files dealt with an officer he wanted to shield during the last regime of the SAD government.
When contacted,Chandigarh SSP Naunihal Singh said: It takes some time before the file is processed. Once that is done,the case will be registered.
An internal inquiry had revealed that the files sent to Sharma over a period of one year had not moved after these were marked to him.
The department has also started the time consuming process of reconstructing the files. While in many cases,it has written to the inquiry officers to send copies of their reports,in others,it has written to the parent departments of these officers,asking for their records.