IAS officer convicted in assets case: Haryana Suspends Sandeep Garg

IAS officer Sandeep Garg's suspension comes over a month after he was convicted in a graft case.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 31, 2016 11:29:16 am
Sandeep Garg, Haryana, IAS officer, IAS officer suspension, Central Bureau of Investigation, CBI, Haryana government, Atul Jindal , Suman Sarin , A Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Saket, Delhi, had convicted Garg for amassing assets, worth Rs 3.36 crore, disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The Haryana government on Monday ordered suspension of 1991-batch IAS officer Sandeep Garg over a month after he was convicted in a graft case.

A Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Saket, Delhi, had convicted Garg for amassing assets, worth Rs 3.36 crore, disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The suspension orders issued Monday will be in effect from April 23, 2016 — the date when the CBI court had pronounced the verdict.

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Garg has been sentenced to four years of rigorous imprisonment in the case.

The court has also convicted four other persons in the case. Businessman Atul Jindal and Suman Sarin were sentenced to four years RI and a fine of Rs 2 lakh has been imposed on each. Garg’s father Swami Saran Garg was sentenced to two-years RI with a fine of Rs 2 lakh. His brother Rajiv Garg was sentenced to four years RI with a fine of Rs 2 lakh.

Garg was arrested by the CBI in April 2004 along with Jindal who was accused of acting as a conduit between Garg and another businessman. Garg was then the Regional Director (North), Anti-Adulteration Cell, Ministry of Petroleum.

The CBI had filed a chargesheet on July 28, 2006 against Garg, for possession of disproportionate assets worth Rs 3.36 crore during the period April 1, 1999 to April 16, 2004 under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

According to the chargesheet, the assets acquired by Garg included a plot in Panchkula, two flats in Vasant Kunj and one flat in Maya Enclave, Hari Nagar (Delhi). Movable assets consisting of cash as well as bonds, shares, FDRs and bank balance in crores were unearthed.

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