Shimla: The Himachal government on Wednesday revoked the suspension of Subhash Ahluwalia â€“ senior IAS officer, who was the private secretary of former chief minister Virbhadra Singh and is facing corruption charges in a case of disproportionate assets.
Daljit Dogra, secretary personnel disclosed that the suspension of Subhash Ahluwalia stands revoked with immediate effect. â€œIt is a normal administrative decision,â€ he said.
What has come as a surprise is that the government decision to revoke the suspension came within a week after union steel minister Virbhadra Singh paid a courtesy call on chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal here on his first visit to the city after being inducted to the union cabinet.
Ahluwaliaâ€™s name had figured in a charge sheet, which BJP as an opposition party had then submitted to the governor seeking an investigation.
On being returned to power in December, 2007, the Dhumal government instituted and inquiry and investigators made out a case of disproportionate asset case against the bureaucrat.
A case was registered on May 22, 2008 and the house and office of the bureaucrat were raided. Documents and computers were seized.
The vigilance sleuths came up with an undeclared income of Rs 2.30 crore for a five year period under scrutiny whereas according to the police investigation salary and other incomes of both husband and wife Meera Walia should not have exceeded more than Rs 60.50 lakhs for the check period.
When investigators failed to get to the bottom of the unaccounted disproportionate amout, the bureaucrat was arrested from his Panchkula residence and taken into police remand.
The officer reporting ill and was admitted to hospital and the remand after being extended once was converted into judicial custody.
The High Court granted reprieve and bail was allowed. A police application for conducting a narco test on the bureaucrat and his wife was also disallowed by the court.
With the officers arrest, first he was put under deemed suspension and later the government put out orders of formally suspending him.
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