Govt will prosecute Dhumal, ex-IPS officer: Virbhadra Singh

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday said the the state will take action in the case.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Updated: February 6, 2015 7:39 pm

The government will file chargesheet against former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhuma and two retired IAS officers including a former Chief Secretary in a case related to the re-induction of IPS officer A N Sharma in the cadre after he had taken a voluntary retirement.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday said the the state will take action in the case and maintained that former Governor Urmila Singh was right in her action of reminding the government that there was no need for taking Raj Bhawan’s sanction to prosecute Dhumal as per law laid down by the Supreme Court.

“The government will soon file chargesheet in the court against Dhumal and other accused in the case. The case is very simple as the former Chief Minister had allowed Sharma to rejoin the IPS cadre after he had already resigned from the service to contest election,” said Singh.

“When Sharma did not get the BJP ticket, he chose to get back to the cadre, which was completely illegal. He (Sharma) rather could have been given job in some other service, but not in the IPS in 2008 –when the BJP had just returned to the power,” the Chief Minister said.
He parried questions on former Governor, who in her letter had accused the government officers of ‘concealing’ facts related to the case. She had also asked for a disciplinary action against the officers .

“What facts were concealed? It’s not clear as of now. The letter must have been written by the Secretary of the Governor?” said Singh.

In her communication to the government signed on January 21, 2015, Urmila Singh had raised questions on the State Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau for invoking Section 420 and 120 -B of IPC against two senior IAS officers Ravi Dhingra, former Chief Secretary and P C Kapoor, an additional Chief Secretary rank officer, apart from A N Sharma.

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