Assistant landscaping officer Navraj Singh Dhillon, who is facing trial in a corruption case, Tuesday moved an application in a CBI special court seeking the court to drop all proceedings against him as the investigating agency did not get the sanction for prosecution from the competent authority.
As the CBI did not get the sanction to prosecute the accused from competent authorities, the sanction allegedly is invalid and the application sought the proceedings against the accused to be dropped.
The application is slated to come up for hearing on July 11.
Dhillon is a government servant, therefore, a sanction to prosecute him was taken by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on January 19, 2015. The said sanction was granted by the adviser to the administrator and not the administrator himself.
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The said file seeking sanction was moved before one AK Duggal, who is now working as executive engineer (W&E) in the chief engineer’s office.
A K Duggal, in his statement before the court, said that he had put the file seeking sanction before the chief engineer in 2015 for grant of approval for prosecuting Dhillon from the competent authority that was advisor to administrator on November 20, 2014.
However, as per a notification issued by the Home Secretary, Chandigarh, it clearly states that the adviser to the administrator has been delegated all powers.
In the said notification, there are 12 categories of powers, authority which have not been delegated to the adviser to the administrator.
Among those 12 powers, one pertains to sanction of prosecution according to which the administrator cannot delegate the advisor to administrator the power to grant sanction to prosecute the accused.
The case dates back to November 11, 2014 when Navraj Singh Dhillon was working as assistant landscaping officer in Horticulture Division, Sector 23.
The CBI received a complaint on September 19, 2013, from one Siya Ram who was running a security business in the same of God Sons Security and Manpower Service, Sector 45.
It was alleged by the complainant that Dhillon had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Ashwani Kumar and Damar Bahadur demanded and accepted a bribe of Rs 5,000.