The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday launched a scathing attack on chief minister Virbhadra Singh's principal private secretary Subhash Ahluwallia, who has come under the enforcement directorate's scanner over illegal funds transfer into foreign bank accounts. "In the wake of inquiries initiated by the enforcement directorate under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, the chief minister should remove his principal private secretary. Since he is holding a key position it could further impact the probe," the party's state general secretary and Nanaidevi MLA Randhir Sharma said in a statement.
"Virbhadra Singh's inaction over the demand will automatically raise suspicion about his involvement in the matter. It's is unfortunate he is shielding an official facing serious allegations of corruption. The stream of corruption flows from top to bottom. The serious corruption charges against an official in the chief minister's office will also reflect poorly on the state bureaucracy, Sharma said.
"Ahluwalia had earlier also faced charges of corruption that were being investigated. But the Congress party on its return to power closed the case. The notice served to Ahluwalia under FEMA by the enforcement directorate is a serious matter. It's unfortunate the government is being run by tired and retired bureaucrats," Sharma added, accusing the state government of spending public money on "accommodating" retired bureaucrats.
"The decision influenced by political bosses has mounted tremendous pressure on the bureaucracy. Consequently the two chief secretaries have suffered brain haemorrhage. Ahluwalia's continuity in office will also put a question mark on the intentions of the Virbhadra Singh led government," Sharma said.
The enforcement directorate had served a notice to Ahluwalia under FEMA, while the latter has sought 15 days' time to produce relevant documents pertaining to the case.