Citing shortage of officers at the rank of additional superintendent of police and above, the Himachal Pradesh government has asked the Centre to repatriate Bhupinder Singh Negi, who is on deputation and posted as assistant director with the enforcement directorate (ED). Negi currently is investigating a money laundering case registered under the Foreign Exchange Management Act case against Subash Ahluwalia, chief minister Virbhadra Singh's private principal secretary.
On the other hand, Negi has accused the chief minister's office of threatening him of dire consequences.
Negi, who is the first officer to be posted as assistant director with the ED's office in the state set up here in June 2013, had quizzed and summoned Ahluwalia - a retired IAS officer - a number of times to record his statement, but he (Ahluwalia) did not present himself before the ED office. Now, the ED has given him last opportunity for appearance on August 31.
Negi said, "The decision for repatriation stems out of Ahluwalia's personal malice against me." In the communication dated July 14, Ahluwalia had been asked to join the investigations before the ED so that his statements could be recorded, Negi said.
Negi, in a letter addressed to joint secretary (home), has filed a complaint against Ahluwalia, alleging that his recommendation for a no-objection certificate for the post of deputy director, which he had applied for in 2014, was stalled by Ahluwalia.
"The withdrawal of the NOC by the state government is absolutely illegal," alleged Negi, adding that even the chief minister had threatened him.
"In the wake of summoning Ahluwalia to withdraw my central deputation from the ED before completing my tenure, which will expire on June 2016, the chief minister's office threatened me."
Meanwhile, state chief secretary P Mitra, who holds the home department, on July 22 wrote to the revenue ministry, stating, "Negi is an officer of ASP rank. Presently about 10 functional posts of the additional SPs are lying vacant in the state. Due to this, the working of the police department is adversely affected. Keeping in view the shortage of officers, the government will not be in position to spare the services of the said officer."