BJP asks govt to disclose action taken on governor's recommendations

  • HT Correspondent, None, Shimla
  • Updated: Feb 02, 2015 21:01 IST

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday asked the Congress government to disclose actions taken against its officials on the basis of recommendations of former governor Urmila Singh.

BJP spokesperson, Ganesh Dutt, said the governor had also pointed out that government had different parameters for different cases. "Government should tell the people of state what action it had initiated on the recommendation of governor and if not when such action will be taken," he added.

Dutt said former governor's recommendations for initiating stern action against state government officials has substantiated the party's claim that few officials were working to appease 'certain' leaders. "Most of officials are honest and dedicated to work while few are only there to prove their personal loyalty," Dutt said.

The state government had on January 4 sought sanction from Urmila Singh to prosecute former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. However, she had turned down the request on January 2o, mentioning that it was for it (government) to decide on the matter and recommended major penalty against officers of the state government, the bureau and prosecutors for 'concealing' certain facts.

The case dates back to 2007 and was probed by the special investigating unit of the vigilance and anti-corruption bureau. It was in June last year that the government booked Dhumal along with former chief secretary Rajiv Dhingra, former additional chief secretary PC Kapoor and AN Sharma, the 'beneficiary' IPS officer.

"This is not a simple issue as the allegations were not leveled by any political party but by the governor of the state, who had also expressed willingness to join the Congress party again," Dutt said.

Meanwhile, the present government has sought sanction, which is still pending, from the Centre to prosecute Dhumal and IAS officers Deepak Sanan and Ajay Sharma in case related to HPCA. Referring to the case Dutt said that the government went ahead with the case without sanction.

He also said that major penalties such as demotion and suspension should be imposed on officials found to be engaged in corrupt practices.

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