Haryana Lokayukta gives ultimatum to two bureaucrats
The Haryana Lokayukta has given an ultimatum to two senior bureaucrats to clarify their alleged involvement in misleading the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) about a criminal case registered against a rights activist PP Kapoor.
Last year on January 29, Hindustan Times had first reported the matter pertaining to the wrong information forwarded to the NHRC by the then Panipat deputy commissioner Rajive Ranjan and sub divisional magistrate Capt Shakti Singh.
Ranjan is an IAS officer posted as joint secretary in the state finance department and Capt Singh, is an HCS officer posted as the managing director of cooperative sugar mill, Shahbad in Kurukshetra district. PP Kapoor, state convener of indian federation of trade unions (IFTU) was booked for attempt to murder, extortion and several other charges at Panipat police station on November 12, 2005.
Kapoor was sentenced to five years imprisonment. On December 31, 2005 Kapoor had lodged a complaint with the NHRC that he was falsely booked for waging a war against bonded labour in Panipat.
In 2006, NHRC had asked the Panipat district administration to submit a status report on Kapoor's complaint. The then Panipat SDM, Capt Shakti Singh submitted a report, which denied Kapoor's involvement in any criminal case on November 12, 2005. The report was later forwarded to the DC Rajive Ranjan on April 2, 2006.
However, Kapoor exposed the district officials' wrongdoing through right to information on January 7, 2011 and lodged a complaint with the Lokayukta that the two top district officials had furnished wrong information to the apex rights body.
Following the Lokayukta's direction, the additional deputy commissioner AK Bishnoi at the time conducted an inquiry and stated that an FIR number 607 was indeed lodged against Kapoor at Panipat police station on November 12, 2005 under the charges of attempting to murder, extortion among others.
On the hearing of the case on February 27, Capt Singh was present but Ranjan wasn't as he was away on election duty in Uttar Pradesh. Registrar of Lokayukta adjourned the case to May 16 for final hearing stating that "if reply is not filed (on the next date) then it shall be presumed that no reply is to be filed by the respondents to defend the complaint." A copy of this is with HT.