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Activist flays Haryana govt for delay in action against two officers

An activist fighting for the rights of factory workers has flayed the Haryana government for delay in initiating action against the two senior state bureaucrats following their indictment for furnishing "false" information before National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and also demanded Rs 50 lakh as compensation for mental harassment.
By Vishal Joshi | Hindustan Times, Panipat
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2012 07:58 PM IST

Demanding a compensation of Rs 50 lakh for mental harassment he had undergone, an activist fighting for the rights of factory workers has flayed the Haryana government for delay in initiating action against the two senior state bureaucrats following their indictment for furnishing "false" information before National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).


Former state convener of Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), PP Kapoor, has shot off a letter to chief secretary PK Chaudhary (HT has a copy) to demand the compensation money and threatened to move a court of law if the Haryana government failed to initiate time-bound action, including registration of a criminal complaint, against both the officials.

He said that he not only suffered mental harassment but his social image was also dented due to the wrong information furnished by the two officials.

He lamented that even after 90 days of submission of the report by Rohtak divisional commissioner, no action had been initiated in the case.

On April 2, Hindustan Times had reported the contents of a high-level probe conducted by Rohtak commissioner Suprabha Dahiya in which she had categorically stated that Panipat deputy commissioner Rajive Ranjan and sub-divisional magistrate Capt Shatki Singh had submitted wrong information to the apex rights body.

The inquiry report was submitted to the CS on February 1.

The report also stated that in their early official communications to the NHRC, the Panipat district administration had confirmed registration of a criminal case against Kapoor (which was factually correct) but later the administration retracted on the issue.

Presently, the matter is under investigation by Lokayukta and the officials have been given last chance to submit their clarifications by May 16.

Kapoor was booked on the charges for attempt to murder, extortion and several other charges at Panipat police station on November 12, 2005, and was sentenced to five-year imprisonment in the case.

On December 31, 2005, Kapoor lodged a complaint with the NHRC that he was falsely booked for waging a war against the menace of bonded labour in Panipat.

In 2006, the NHRC asked the Panipat district administration to submit a status report on Kapoor's complaint.

The then Panipat SDM Capt Shakti Singh submitted a report that no case was registered against Kapoor on November 12, 2005.

Later, Kapoor secured police records through the Right to Information Act and exposed on January 7, 2011 that the then district officials had furnished incorrect information to the NHRC.

He contended that had the NHRC been apprised of the real situation, he could have been saved from a jail term in the same case.

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