Coalgate: IAS,IPS,IFoS bodies rally behind Parakh

CBI's decision to accuse Parakh in coal blocks case may discourage honest officers from taking decisions.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 18, 2013 8:41 pm

The IAS,IPS and IFoS officers’ associations have rallied behind former Coal Secretary P C Parakh,who has been named by CBI in the coal blocks allocation scam,and said they were agitated over the naming of any honest officer for doing his job.

“If somebody is corrupt,hang him at the lamp post. But the honest must be protected,” IAS officers’ Association secretary Sanjay R Bhoos Reddy told PTI.

He said CBI’s decision to make Parakh an accused in coal blocks case may discourage honest officers from taking decisions.

The IAS Officers’ Association will hold a meeting on Sunday to discuss the case and decide on ways to avoid ‘harassment of honest officers’ during service and post retirement.

Disapproving of CBI’s action against Parakh,IPS Officers’ Association suggested a provision of compensation for a retired bureaucrat who is named in a case and later found not guilty by a court or any such competent authority.

“An FIR is based on prima facie evidence. Then there are searches,seizures and recording of statements,etc. Then only you come to a solid conclusion,” Association’s Secretary Pankaj Kumar Singh said.

He said investigating agencies must circumscribe themselves. “In case a case is not made out,then the retired public servant must be given damage,” Singh told PTI.

“There may be genuine cases and there may be a wild goose chase. But an honest officer must not be harassed”,said Singh who is working as Inspector General in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

The Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Officers’ Association said it stands by honest bureaucrats.

“We stand by honest bureaucrats in service or those who have retired. This is something ridiculous (CBI’s action),” IFoS association President A R Chadha told PTI.

I have worked with him (Parakh). He is a man of high integrity,Chadha said.

There are about 10,500 officials of the three services,around 4,500 IAS officers 3,300 IPS and 2,700 IFoS,working across the country.

CBI has registered a case against Parakh and industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla on charges of criminal conspiracy and corruption in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of two coal blocks in Odisha in 2005.

Parakh has dubbed as “baseless” the allegations levelled against him by CBI.

“But,if there is a conspiracy,then there are different members in this conspiracy. There is K M Birla who made the representation,he is one conspirator. I,who examined the case and made a recommendation,I can be another conspirator and the Prime Minister,who as the Coal Minister,took the final decision,is the third conspirator.

“So,if the CBI thinks there is a conspiracy,why did they choose and select Mr Birla and me and not the PM? If a conspiracy is there,then everyone is part of the conspiracy,” he had contended.

Former top bureaucrats have also come out in support of Parakh and criticised CBI’s action.

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