Probe begins into graft charges against Patiala DHO

  • Jatinder Mahal, Patiala
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2015 19:22 IST

The City police have started a probe against district health officer (DHO) Rajpal Singh and two food inspectors for allegedly accepting bribes from shopkeepers for not taking any action against them.

Beopar Mandal president Vijay Kumar had leveled the corruption charges against these officials in a written complaint to Patiala divisional commissioner AS Pannu, in October. Later, Pannu had asked deputy commissioner Varun Roojam to look into the case. Finally, the DC had directed the city police to investigate the case earlier this month.

DSP City-1 Harpal Singh is investigating the complaint and, on Saturday, he summoned the officials to join the investigation.

“I am working on the complaint, but I cannot say anything about the case till the probe is over,” Singh said.

The complaint

Kumar, the Beopar Mandal president had accused the health officials of accepting bribes from renowned and reputed shopkeepers in lieu of not taking samples of sweets from their establishments. “Samples of sweets were collected only from small shopkeepers and vendors. These establishments were harassed,” Kumar’s complaint read.

Version of DHO

Reacting to the charges and to the start of the probe, Patiala DHO Rajpal Singh has always maintained his innocence and rubbished all charges levelled against him and his team members.

VB asks for record

In a separate complaint, the vigilance bureau, Patiala, is also investigating the case against the DHO and the food inspectors for allegedly indulging in wide-spread corruption during the discharge of their duties and collecting `50 lakh from shopkeepers in illegal gratification over the past few years.

The bureau asked the health department to provide service details of officials and records pertaining to food samples collected over the past two years in the district.

Civil surgeon Rajiv Bhalla said, “I have received a letter from vigilance bureau demanding service details related to the DHO and food inspectors including joining date, working period etc. All the information will be given to them very soon.”

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