Congress government in Himachal goes slow in acting on Chargesheets

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Shimla: Being in the governing seat for eight months now, the Congress government here has rather been slow in picking out acts of omission and commission committed by the previous government for only three FIRs stand registered which include the phone tapping case and another one against the Anurag Thakur led HP Cricket Association.

Responding to a question by BJP legislator Suresh Bhardwaj, chief minister Virbhadra Singh in a written response declared that based on Congress chargesheets the HP State Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau was conducting inquires in 46 cases.

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However First Information Reports (FIRs) had only been registered in three cases, he stated, which include a case registered against M/s Neelgiri Industries Kolkata and M/s Preet Foot Beala Bathri, of Una on June 7, 2013; a case registered on June 26, 2013 against the officials of Police department in telephone tapping case and another case registered against Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, Dharamshala.

All these cases have been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The chief minister also informed that 5 cases registered in the years 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2012, which were based on earlier Congress chargesheets were also being pursued.

The cases include one registered in 2003, against R S Gupta, then managing director Kangra Central Cooperative Bank limited. The challan was pending before a court and court has been requested to return the case file for the further investigation.

Another case registered in 2005 against R S Gupta about criminal misconduct was also being pursued.

A challan in a case registered against Rajiv Bindal, than chairman of Municipal committee Solan and other member of section committee had been presented in court on July 17, 2013, the chief minister stated.

A case registered against HPCA authorities in 2007  was pending before the courts.

A case against officials of Himachal Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corp Ltd (HPSCSC) was registered in 2012 and the charges framed have been put before the courts, the chief minister informed the house today.

Editor-Reporter with Hill Post, Ravinder Makhaik as a journalist has for over two decades worked for India’s leading newspapers and television networks.

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