Row over promotion of drug control officer in Nahan

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, NAHAN
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2014 18:26 IST

The department for health and family welfare recently promoted an officer for drug control, who was caught up in a disproportionate assets case. In an order passed recently, the department, promoted Kapil Dhiman as assistant drug controller (Class-1) from the post of drug controller in the directorate of health safety and regulation.

Dhiman had been the drug licensing authority (DLA) in six districts, including Sirmour, Shimla, Kinnaur, Bilaspur, Una, and some areas of Solan, since May 2008. Several pharmaceutical industries had been set up in Sirmour and Solan districts during his tenure.

Dhiman was caught red-handed while taking a bribe in 1995, when he was the drug inspector for Kangra and Chamba districts. The vigilance and anti-corruption bureau had raided Dhiman's house in December 2012 and had obtained records of various assets acquired by him and his family, and his stake in pharmaceutical companies. Though evidence against him had been obtained, the vigilance enquiry on the assets case has been pending for one and half years.

However, under secretary for department of health and family welfare Ramesh Gupta said that Dhiman had not been found guilty.

According to sources, a vigilance clearance certificate is required before an officer, caught up in legal tangles, is promoted. But the certificate was not obtained, sources said. However, Gupta said the conditional “No Objection Certificate” had been obtained from the vigilance and anti-corruption bureau before promoting him.

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