Seed subsidy scam: HC show cause notice to agri director

Despite clear directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court,the Punjab government has failed to probe the infamous seed subsidy scam within the stipulated three months

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 8, 2014 6:05 pm

Despite clear directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court,the Punjab government has failed to probe the infamous seed subsidy scam within the stipulated three months.

Taking note of this,the High Court has issued show cause notices to Punjab Agriculture Director Mangal Singh Sandhu asking him to explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him.

The High Court,last year,had given Punjab three months to conduct a detailed investigation into the seed subsidy scam. Notices were issued today after Shalinder Singh and another petitioner sought initiation of contempt proceedings against the respondent for not complying with the court’s July 26,2012 direction.

The Bench had directed Principal Secretary,Department of Agriculture,to decide on the legal notice dated May 31,2012,after hearing representatives of the petitioners. The Bench had also made it clear that action as per law should be taken if any bungling in funds was detected.

Demanding a CBI probe,the petitioners had earlier alleged that thousands of crores of rupees were allegedly misappropriated in connivance with the officials concerned.

Describing themselves as ex-sarpanches,panches and farmers of different villages in Abohar tehsil,the petitioners stated that they were filing the PIL “to show that at the grass root level,the picture was still pitiable in spite of big promises made by the government.

Advocate Surinder Pal Singh Tinna,counsel for the petitioners,had submitted that the Central government had formulated a number of schemes and projects to boost the agriculture sector.

Tinna had contended that though the schemes appear to be appealing on paper,“the real state of affair is very shameful as nothing is reaching the needy farmers at the grass root level”.

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