HP: Over 5,000 case files missing from admin tribunal, case registered

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Mar 06, 2016 20:07 IST

Shimla police have registered a case against employees of Himachal Pradesh State Administrative Tribunal for ‘criminal breach of trust’. Complaint was filed by Chaman Dilta, registrar of the tribunal, alleging that 5,370 decided case files and 12 registers were entrusted to recordkeeper Padam Das and Chowkidar Maheshwar Prakash had gone missing.

As per the report of an internal inquiry, the officials named above were guilty of misappropriation. Shimla police registered the case under Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

On Saturday, tribunal clarified that inquiry had been initiated in this regard against record keeper Padam Das and chowkidar Maheshwar Parkash at the instance of high court. The internal probe revealed that both were responsible for the missing of government record.

The case dates back to 2008, when the tribunal was shut down by the then Bharatiya Janata party government and entire cases were shifted to Himachal Pradesh high court.

State administration tribunal deals in the service matter of state government employees. After the Congress government resumed power, tribunal was again revived in February 2015.

The tribunal further clarified that the accused officials had been made to take compulsory retirement from service.

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