More than a month after Ferozepur’s Shaheed Bhagat Singh technical campus registrar Inderpal Singh was convicted of taking bribe, the Punjab government has removed him from the post finally, giving him compulsory retirement but withholding all his benefits.
The decision came on February 26, a day after HT reported the dilly-dallying. On January 27, the Gurdaspur district court had convicted Inderpal Singh in a five-year-old bribery case and awarding him a year’s rigorous imprisonment. “He has been removed from the post of registrar with immediate effect by being given compulsory retirement in reference to the personnel and administrative reforms department circular dated 5-08-1998. His retirement benefits are withheld until a decision on his appeal in the Punjab and Haryana high court,” stated the sacking orders of Inderpal.
The decision came after Inderpal Singh got a liberal amount of time to move the high court. Government Beant College of Engineering and Technology, Gurdaspur, issued his sacking order as parent institution.
It was at this college that the Punjab Vigilance Bureau team had in October 2009 arrested him accepting `90,000 as bribe from contractual employees for regularising their services.
The decision of giving compulsory retirement to Inderpal was of the college board of governors, which included the government officials that had met at the directorate of technical education last month. Board chairman RS Khandpur led the proceedings at this meeting held to decide Inderpal’s “dismissal” under the Punjab service rules.