The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday stayed the transfer orders of assistant food and supplies officer (AFSO), Samrala, to Moonak, which was allegedly made at the behest of former MLA and SAD's halqa in-charge of Samrala, Jagjiwan Singh Khirnian, since the officer raided a godown despite Khirnian's opposition.
The petition filed by the officer, Jaswinder Singh, came up for hearing before the vacation court headed by justice Surinder Gupta on Monday on which the court issued notice of motion to the Punjab government to file its reply.
The officer submitted through his petition that he, along with the food and supplies officer and inspector Jaspal Kaur, went to inspect the depot of one Jatinderpal Singh at Samrala last month. After reaching the depot, on a call made by the depot holder, Khirnian reached the spot and directed the inspecting team to return and also ordered the depot holder not to show depot stock and sales register to the team, it was submitted.
The petitioner also alleged that Khirnia also threatened the inspecting team members that if they inspected depots of any of his workers, he would get them transferred from Samrala.
The petitioner then reported the matter to the district food supplies controller, who further reported it to the commissioner, food civil supplies and consumer affairs department. But, it was submitted, that acting fast, Khirnia got transfer orders of the petitioner issued for Moonak centre in Sangrur district, the court was informed.
The petitioner's counsel argued that it was a case of malafide transfer and such actions broke the backbone of the administration as well as the morale of honest officers.