Report indicts two Haryana babus for 'false info' to NHRC
A probe by Rohtak division commissioner has indicted two Haryana bureaucrats for submitting false information to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) about a criminal case registered against a rights' activist in 2005.chandigarh Updated: Apr 02, 2012 21:20 IST
A probe by Rohtak division commissioner has indicted two Haryana bureaucrats for submitting false information to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) about a criminal case registered against a rights' activist in 2005.
In her report submitted to the chief secretary on February 1 (HT has a copy), Suprabha Dahyia has stated that then Panipat deputy commissioner Rajive Ranjan (now posted as joint secretary in Haryana finance department) and then sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Capt Shatki Singh (now the managing director of a cooperative sugar mill in Shahbad, Kurukshetra) furnished wrong information to NHRC.
They had informed the commission that the police had never registered a case against one PP Kapoor, the Haryana convener of Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), in 2005.
The report said that in earlier communications, the Panipat district administration had confirmed the registration of a criminal case against Kapoor but later the administration retracted.
Presently, the matter is being investigated by the state lokayukta and the officials have been served a May 16 ultimatum on submitting their clarification and "if (a) reply is not filed then it shall be presumed that no reply is to be filed by the respondents to defend the complaint".
In January last year, Hindustan Times had first reported the matter regarding wrong information forwarded to the NHRC by then Panipat district administration.
PP Kapoor was booked for attempt to murder, extortion and several other charges on November 12, 2005. Kapoor was sentenced to five years imprisonment. On December 31, 2005, Kapoor lodged a complaint with NHRC that he was falsely booked under a case of waging war against bonded labourers in Panipat.
In 2006, NHRC had asked the Panipat district administration to submit a status report on Kapoor's complaint. Then Panipat SDM Capt Shakti Singh submitted a report that no case was registered against Kapoor on November 12, 2005. He submitted his reply to DC Rajive Ranjan on April 2, 2006, and the same was forwarded to the NHRC.
He had submitted that rather an FIR was registered against several persons on Kapoor's complaint. Kapoor, however, exposed the district officials' wrongdoing through a Right to Information Act application on January 7, 2011, and lodged a complaint with the Lokayukta that the two top district officials furnished wrong information to the rights body.