The Madhya Pradesh State Administrative Service Association (MPSAS) has come out in support of additional district magistrate of Shivpuri, ZU Sheikh, who was caught by the Lokayukta on November 7 for allegedly demanding bribe “to clear some files related to mining”.
“The feedback that we got from Shivpuri unit says that Sheikh is a dead honest person and no money was found from his possession. Even his hands showed no chemical that is done in any lokayukta trap,” said Deepak Saxena, general secretary, MPSAS.
The association has urged the Lokaukyta and the state government to consider the objections raised by Sheikh in the matter. “SAS is completely against corruption, but also against false implication of any government employee. It seems he (Sheikh) has been a victim of mining mafia as he is known as a strict officer who had taken severe action in the district to stop illegal mining,” Saxena said.
Meanwhile, Sheikh has also written to the IG Lokayukta and the General Administration Department (GAD) demanding a fair inquiry into the matter alleging that he had been falsely implicated in the matter.
Sheikh in his representation to the government said that the complaint made to the Lokayukta does not mention “anywhere” that he demanded money from the complainant, nor does the recording mentions his name. Moreover, the file, to clear which he allegedly sought the bribe, was forwarded by him days before the Lokayukta action against him.
“The concerned file was sent to me on October 31, 2015. I had forwarded the file after recommendation on November 3. Collector Shivpuri was out of town and returned on November 5 and cleared the file the same day. Lokayukta’s action took place on November 7. Whole issue is baseless,” said Sheikh, while talking to HT over phone on Thursday. “Probably, the clerk from mining section had demanded money; maybe, he used my name as well,” he added.
Sheikh had banned sand mining on the order of Shivpuri collector. “Records in the collector’s office also confirm that he recovered more than Rs 45 lakhs and made 152 cases for illegal transportation of minerals besides several cases of illegal mining in the district,” said Saxena, the SAS general secretary.
Sheikh has been transferred as deputy secretary in the GAD after the incident.