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Missing files: HC tells Punjab to reconstruct files in 2 months

In the case of 35 missing files of the Punjab personnel department, including those pertaining to disciplinary proceedings against IAS and PCS officers, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the state government to reconstruct the remaining 10 files within two months when it was informed that 25 files had already been reconstructed.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 05, 2013 23:08 IST
HT Correspondent

In the case of 35 missing files of the Punjab personnel department, including those pertaining to disciplinary proceedings against IAS and PCS officers, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the state government to reconstruct the remaining 10 files within two months when it was informed that 25 files had already been reconstructed.

The division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Masih also directed the investigating officer to complete the probe in the case within five months.

During the resumed hearing of the case, the investigating officer, deputy superintendent of police Ashish Kapoor submitted the reply. He stated that a meeting was convened on July 1 with the secretariat officials in which it came out that during the tenure of Yog Raj Sharma, under secretary, personnel, a total of 35 files were misplaced. Fourteen files were related to the IAS branch and 21 to the PCS branch. Of these, six files were related to disciplinary action. He submitted that 25 files had been reconstructed and of these, 14 had been disposed of by passing appropriate orders. However, the remaining files were yet to be reconstructed.

Kapoor also submitted, "The personal staff of Yog Raj Sharma, at the time of his posting as under secretary, department of personnel, is yet to join the investigation and statements of some other officials are yet to be recorded."

The development took place during resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by advocate HC Arora, seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The high court disposed of the case with directions to the investigating officer to submit the report by January 7, 2014.