By Vivek Gupta
A day after starting an inquiry against Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin for allegedly ignoring rules while posting his personal assistant Poonam Malik in the Chandigarh State Agricultural Marketing Board on deputation, the Vigilance Department on Thursday decided to look into all pending complaints against Malik as well.
Sources said that as many as eight complaints had been made against Malik in different departments, including the Registering and Licensing Authority, the Estate Office and the marketing board, in the last two years, but there was no inquiry.
Incidentally, all departments where the complaints were submitted are headed by the Deputy Commissioner, whose role in transferring his PA to the marketing board in his capacity as its secretary is under the scanner.
One such complaint questioned her stay as the DC’s PA for several years when she was an employee of the UT Red Cross Society, not of the government. Some complaints alleged her involvement in ‘wrong’ transfers and appointments.
Special Secretary (Vigilance) S B Deepak Kumar told Newsline that the current status of all complaints against Malik had been sought from heads of relevant departments, along with their comments.
“After receiving their response, we will take a final call on how to proceed in the matter. We may hold an independent inquiry into the complaints,” said Kumar.
Meanwhile, the DC has not yet submitted to the Vigilance Department the documents relating to Malik’s initial appointment in the Red Cross Society and orders of her present posting. He had been asked to submit the details before 4 pm on Wednesday.
The DC had transferred Malik as senior assistant in the marketing board on January 15 and, a week later, on January 23, she was given the charge of secretary of the Chandigarh Market Committee, which, it is alleged, was against the rules of the Punjab Agricultural Produce Markets Act, 1961, as applicable to Chandigarh.