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HP CM refutes charges of victimisation of IAS officers

punjab Updated: Jul 30, 2014 18:50 IST

Himachal chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday refuted charges that some IAS officers are being targeted by his government and said that those who connived with individuals and group of people in "wrongdoings" would have to face consequences.

Talking to reporters here, Virbhadra said "victimisation" of officers was the culture of the previous BJP government headed by PK Dhumal which instituted false cases against him.

He said his government was only discharging its duty by ordering probe into acts of "omission and commission" in the charge-sheet submitted by Congress while in opposition.

Asserting that there is no resentment among the IAS cadre, the chief minister said some individual officers might have been aggrieved because of different reasons but investigations into charges was not victimisation, but an opportunity to prove their innocence".

Stressing that he had no enmity with any officer or politician, Virbhadra said investigations are being conducted into the charges mentioned in the Congress charge-sheet and the Vigilance Bureau was functioning independently now, unlike during the previous BJP government.

He also rubbished the claim of former state DGP I D Bhandari that he was being "victimised" by the present government in phone tapping case by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau.

On former chief minister and senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar's suggestions that the government should forget the bitterness of elections and now work in the state interest with NDA government's help, Virbhadra said he enjoyed good relations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers.

"As chief minister, I am duty bound also to maintain rapport with them in the interest of the state," he said.

On the reported resentment against appointment of an IPS officer, AP Singh as resident commissioner at Delhi, the chief minister said there was shortage of IAS officers in Himachal and senior IAS officers are "overburdened" with work.

Maintaining that the post of resident commissioner was not a cadre post, Singh said, "An IPS officer can be deputed on the post. Even in Gujarat, former chief minister (and now Prime Minister) Narendra Modi had posted an IPS (officer) as resident commissioner."
He said IAS officers, overstaying after completion of their tenure must be repatriated to the state.

Referring to reports regarding some ministers announcing their intention to resign or stay away from work, chief minister said, "To work or not, is their prerogative."