Dumal's prosecution: After guv refuses sanction, home dept passes the buck

  • Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Feb 16, 2015 20:43 IST

With the government red-faced after former governor Urmila Singh refused to approve prosecution of former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in a nepotism case, the home department has now thrown the ball in to court of the state anti- corruption and vigilance bureau.

Sources have told HT that the home department has written to the agency asking it to decide further on the issue.
It was on January 4 that the government moved a file to Raj Bhawan seeking a nod from the then governor Urmila Singh to prosecute Dhumal in a case of favouritism to an IPS officer.

Singh, who was away in Delhi, on her return, rejected the government plea saying that prosecution sanction from Raj Bhawan was not required in the case, and virtually embarrassed the government.

Singh, whose term towards the end of last month, instead recommended strong action against the government officials for “misleading” her in this regard.

Case history

The case, related to retirement concessions given to an IPS officer AN Sharma, dates back to 2007 and is being probed by special investigating unit of anti-corruption and vigilance bureau (ACVB).

It was in June last year that the government booked Dhumal, former additional chief secretary PC Kapoor and Sharma, former inspector general of police, under the prevention of corruption act.

Two year ago, when Congress assumed power, the government ordered the probe, which revealed that Sharma had moved an application on November 21, 2007, seeking voluntary retirement from services.

The probe found out that Sharma had sought voluntary retirement as he was in race for BJP ticket from Naduan assembly segment in Hamirpur district. The ticket was, however, given to Vijay Agnihotri and Sharma requested the department to let him continue his services.

Investigations revealed that the government had paid heed to Sharma's resignation request on November 21, 2007, while the application for the continuation of service was received on November 28, 2007.

Sharma later moved the central administrative tribunal (CAT) to seek stay on the process of his retirement.

After CAT granted stay, Sharma withdrew his case and made a plea for continuation of his service, which was regularized soon after Dhumal took over the reign in 2008.

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