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Haryana polls: INLD writes to CEC seeking transfer of IAS officers ‘close to Hooda’

INLD said Roshan Lal, Home Secretary is involved in scams that took place in Agriculture Department.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: August 4, 2014 11:40:58 am

Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Monday raised objections against various officers of Haryana government, calling them “Chief Minister’s favourites” and demanded their transfer from key positions.

The party has submitted a memorandum to Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath, seeking immediate action on the memorandum. In its memorandum, INLD alleged that Roshan Lal, newly appointed Home Secretary of the state, is “involved in several scams that took place in Agriculture Department”. The INLD also alleged that Lal’s name has surfaced in the infamous RAXIL scam that was highlighted by Haryana’s IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had even lodged a formal complaint with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Lal.

The INLD, in its memorandum, also highlighted the case of another senior IAS officer of Haryana, Ramesh Krishan, who was allegedly removed as Election Observer in Kerala on March 30, 2014 during the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls.

“Krishan was removed from the duty of EO after he was found to be misusing the official vehicle by making unauthorised trips to Trivendrum for playing golf. The officers of the ECI — acting under the influence of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda — did not register FIR against Krishan for misappropriating government vehicle entrusted to him for official purposes and also failed to make a reference to the state government for taking disciplinary action against the officer. Such biased acts on part of the officers of ECI are not conducive for conducting fair elections in Haryana,” the INLD has alleged.

Accusing the government of spending lakhs of rupees daily on advertisements, INLD alleged, “The government of Haryana is illegally spending Rs 5 lakh of public money daily on advertisements — not for disseminating knowledge of government schemes, but to accord wrong benefits to the ruling political party in the coming state elections. The cost of advertisements must be recouped from Hooda and the officials.”

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