After intervention of V Lalremathanga, secretary, co-operation, the department of co-operative societies, headed by Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin, has finally woken up and decided not to give any further extension to its tainted inspector Amarjit Singh.
S K Jain, joint registrar of co-operative societies, told Newsline that Amarjit would not be allowed any further extension after his current extension lapsed on April 30.
Last week Lalremathanga sought an explanation from the DC for giving repeated extension to Amarjit in contravention of revised extension rules.
In normal circumstances, the head of the department is empowered to give service extension for a maximum of two years to an employee beyond the retirement age of 58 years.
However, the supplementary instructions issued by the Punjab government and adopted by the UT Administration in last November clarified that in case, an employee is facing any inquiry, or gets adverse remarks in his annual confidential report for the last five years, he cannot be given any service extension without the approval of a committee headed by the secretary of the respective department.
But despite the tainted record of Amarjit, the Deputy Commissioner, in his capacity as registrar of co-operative societies, had allowed him two extensions of three months each without any approval of the competent authority in the Chandigarh Administration.
Amarjit’s service record is marred by controversies. On August 14, 2012, an FIR was registered against him at Sector 31 police station for alleged illegal sale of flats in Universal Co-operative Housing Building, Sector 48. But no departmental action was initiated against him.
Then in 2014, the then adviser to administrator K K Sharma had recommended a vigilance inquiry against him on the basis of similar complaints. His name had also come up in another FIR lodged back in 2002 following which he also remained suspended for three years till 2005.