HC asks Haryana to clear stand on graft CD case against CPS Fauji
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday granted two days to the Haryana government to clear its stand on the lokayukta orders regarding registration of a criminal case against chief parliamentary secretary Ram Kishan Fauji in the graft CD case.
The CD allegedly shows Fauji seeking Rs 5 crore in lieu of getting the change of land use (CLU) permission for a land in Gurgaon and was released by Indian National Lok Dal leaders in September last year.
Fauji's petition challenging the lokayukta orders came up for hearing before the court headed by justice Ritu Bahri and has been posted for hearing on March 14.
It was on January 20 that lokayukta justice Pritam Pal (retd) had recommended registration of a criminal case against Fauji on a reference received by his office from the state government under Section 8 (1) of the Haryana Lokayukta Act. Also, on February 11, the lokayukta had refused to reconsider his decision after a request by the state chief secretary stating that such provision was not in the Lokayukta Act.
In his petition filed before the high court, Fauji submitted that before registration of a criminal case against him, forensic examination of the CD was important to find out whether the CD was concocted. He informed the court that he had raised the same arguments before the lokayukta, which were not considered. Fauji also alleged that the lokayukta had illegally passed the orders going out of his jurisdiction.