Madhya Pradesh high court on Thursday issued a notice to minister of school education Vijay Shah for his alleged involvement in the transfer of the accounts assistant in the Katni district treasury.
The court issued the notice to the minister during the hearing of a petition filed by accounts assistant Bhama Shah challenging his transfer from Katni to Alirajpur alleging that one of his relative is close to the minister and has used the minister’s influence in transferring him. He alleged that his transfer was done by his relative to harass him.
The petitioner was transferred on September 2 this year.
The petitioner’s counsel, Dinesh Upadhyay, argued that Shah’s relative is an officer in the state government and is close to the minister.
Shah’s relative has some personal enmity and to take revenge, the petitioner was transferred, Upadhyay said.
The wife of petitioner who is working in a government department has been suspended, due to the relative’s enmity, the counsel said.
State government counsel Swapnil Ganguly said the petitioner is posted at Katni since 1999 — for more than 15 years.
The government counsel cited a case of Mridul Kumar Sharma vs State of MP where the high court has held the employee should carry out the transfer order and then make representation for its cancellation.
The court declined to stay the transfer order and directed the petitioner to join the new place of posting.
The court ordered the transfer order is subject to final order in the case.
HC grants 2 weeks to petitioners to reply to IAS officer’s charges
Madhya Pradesh high court granted over two weeks time to the petitioners to reply to charges against them by a senior IAS officer.
The official Raghav Chandra had submitted a CD to the high court in August in which a man could be heard demanding over Rs 1.5 crore from the officer to withdraw a public interest litigation (PIL) against him.
Arun Agrawal posing as a friend of one of the petitioners Arvind Kumar Verma had allegedly met Chandra in the year 2012 and demanded over Rs 1.5 crore to withdraw the PIL, the officer’s counsel Manish Verma said.
On August 23, Chandra submitted the CD in the high court, four years after the alleged money demand.
The PIL by Arvind Kumar Verma and another person alleged irregularities in the purchase of 72 acres land by the Madhya Pradesh Housing Board (MPHB) from a private firm M/s Olpherts Private Limited, Kolkata in Katni district in 2002. Chandra was the commissioner, MPHB when the land purchase deal took place.
Chandra claimed to have recorded the conversation between him and Arun Agrawal in 2012.
Before seeking more time to file a reply, senior advocate RN Singh appeared for the petitioners on Thursday and argued that the respondent officer was silent on the CD for four years.
The IAS officer did not lodge any report with police or inform the probe agencies about the CD, the senior counsel told the court.
Now when the economic offence wing (EOW) inquiry report is pending the respondent officer filed the CD, the senior counsel said.
The court has fixed the next date of hearing for October 5.