After allegations were raised of letting off block development panchayat officer (BDPO), Raipur Rani, Kanwar Daman Singh, by vigilance bureau in a raid, director general, state vigilance bureau (SVB), Parminder Rai, has marked an inquiry into the matter.
A trap was laid to catch the BDPO red-handed at Raipur Rani on June 5.
The officer was allegedly asking for bribe from sarpanch, Rampur village, Jasbir Singh, for settling a case related to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
His hands also turned pink in the chemical solution as he had allegedly touched the phenolphthalein-laced currency notes.
As about 100 people gathered there protesting against his arrest, the BDPO was not taken into custody. Villagers and sarpanches from Pinjore block under Jasbir Singh are now demanding his arrest and also threatened that they would resign to mark protest in case no arrest is made.
Now, SP vigilance Hemant Kalson will carry out the investigations.
"It is to be decided whether the currency notes were forcefully handed over to him or he willingly accepted it. The currency notes were recovered from the ground and not from the BDPO,"Kalson told HT.
Regarding the arrest, he clarified, "A number of people had gathered on the spot. Even stone-pelting could have taken place. A BDPO is a government servant and cannot run away. We can arrest him by taking warrants from the court."
DSP Rajpal had conducted the raid. He informed that an FIR had been registered under section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act against the BDPO.
On Wednesday, when villagers and sarpanches came to meet director general, zila parishad chairman Rajesh Kona, chairman of animal husbandry, Haryana, Santosh Sharma also came along with them.
Both the Congress leaders did not say anything to the media. On the other hand, sarpanches under Jasbir Singh, told the press that due to pressure from Kalka Congress leader Satwinder Rana, the BDPO was not being arrested.
They also threatened that they would boycott Congress in the upcoming assembly elections if no action was taken against Daman Singh.