The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday told the Punjab government that any laxity on the part of personnel department in providing complete information to the investigating officer (IO) probing the disappearance of crucial files from the Secretariat,will be taken very seriously.
The Indian Express was the first to report that 35 files had gone missing from the Punjab Secretariat pertaining to inquiry reports and complaints that dealt with the cases of IAS and PCS officers. Following this,a PIL was filed in the high court by Advocate H C Arora,which came up for hearing before a division bench headed by acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh.
In his reply,investigating officer of the case,Chandigarh DSP (Central) Ashish Kapoor,told the court that after registration of an FIR on March 8,statements of four Secretariat employees were recorded. He added that though he had taken possession of registers pertaining to the missing files,the registers did not have signatures of those who had received the files. In response to his query,Punjab secretary (Personnel) had stated that there is no practice to obtain signatures of the officers while handing over files to them. Reacting to this,Arora requested the court that instructions be issued to Punjab to supply whatever information is required by the investigation officer in the case. The case will come up for hearing on May 28,when the IO will submit his inquiry status report to the court.