IAS officer V K Janjua Thursday filed a sharply-worded reply to the Punjab government in the Punjab and Haryana High Court,saying the authorities were confusing the power to transfer with the power to dismiss.
Janjua,booked by the Vigilance Bureau on charges of corruption in 2010,had petitioned the high court challenging the grant of sanction to prosecute him by the Punjab government.
Terming the stand taken by Punjab as strange,Janjua took a dig at the government for confusing power to transfer with power to grant sanction. He had contended that it was only the central government that could grant prosecution sanction against an IAS officer,and that Punjab had erred in doing so.
The central government,in an embarrassing development for the state,had filed a reply stating that Punjab had indeed overlooked the Centres instructions and that it had the sole authority to prosecute an IAS officer.
The Punjab government had then filed a reply to Janjuas petition in which it had defended its stand.
Taking the response on record,the High Court has deferred the case for hearing till October. Till then,the stay on Janjuas trial,pending in a lower court,shall prevail.