Misuse of public office: challan against Dhumal

  • Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Mar 14, 2015 22:36 IST

In a case related to the misuse of public office, Himachal Pradesh Anti-Corruption and Vigilance Bureau has filed a challan against former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal; former chief secretary Ravi Dhingra; former additional chief secretary PC Kapoor; and former inspector general of police AN Sharma.

The bureau has filed this challan in a local court in the case that was registered under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act and which relates to the retirement concession to an IPS (Indian Police Service) officer, AN Sharma, who was IGP at the time in 2007. The bureau's special investigating unit had charged Dhumal, Kapoor and Dhingra with misusing their public offices to facilitate the IG who had quit his job during the assembly elections and later rejoined office.

A criminal case was filed in June last year. After the Congress came to power in the state two years ago, the government ordered a probe to find out who permitted Sharma, considered Dhumal's "blue-eyed boy", to come back from voluntary retirement.

It came out that Sharma had moved an application on November 21, 2007, for voluntary retirement since he was in race for the BJP ticket from Naduan assembly segment in Hamirpur district.

On November 26, the BJP gave the ticket to Vijay Agnihotri, and Sharma wrote to the department for continuation of service. His earlier request had come on November 21, 2007, and the last on November 28, 2007.

He moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) to seek a stay on the process of his retirement. After the CAT granted the stay, he withdrew his case and made a plea for continuation of service, which was regularised after Dhumal took over as CM in 2008.

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