Prabhjit Singh interviews Sikander Singh Maluka
What do you have to say about the irregularities in purchase of library books under the central SSA grant of Rs 9.28 crore?
There is no irregularity.
A vague tender for the supply of books was published in a single, small newspaper. What you have to say on that count?
I have not seen the tender. If there is any fault at any point, the guilty will be punished. What I know is that the procedure was duly adopted.
A single publisher whose credentials to meet the demand were also doubtful was roped in by the 3-member panel formed by you? Why no action has been taken against any of these officials so far?
We have served showcause notices to all of them. And I am saying that those at fault will not be spared. Wait for the findings.
When the DGSE has been carrying out the SSA procedures all along, why this DPI-led panel for procuring books?
There is nothing wrong in that. The DGSE was aware of the procedure as a part of the system.
Are you going to register a criminal case after the findings?
Yes, I told you earlier that those at fault will not be spared.