Himachal Media Advisor Rajendra Rana Resigns, Vigilance To Probe Sex Racket

Shimla: Media advisor Rajendra Rana, whose name has cropped up in an alleged sex scandal today resigned from his post as chairman of state media advisory committee.

Rajendra Rana’s resignation from the media advisory committee has been received, said Vijay Chandan, private secretary to chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.

Rana has cited moral reasons for resigning from his position, said Chandan.

Opposition congress had demanded a CBI inquiry into reports about a senior official, a businessman and the media advisor being allegedly found in the company of call girls at a posh hotel when state vigilance and anti corruption sleuths along with police personnel raided the place.

Rana has claimed that he had gone to the hotel for a family dinner and was not aware of presence of call girls there.

Meanwhile the government is contemplating action against the officer whose name has cropped up in the scandal.

“Action is contemplated against the officer, who is a deputy director rank officer in the state Environment department and whose name has also come up in the scandal,” said Chandan.

The Congress had held that the BJP government with shielding the two by putting pressure on the police to hush up the matter.

Rana after submitting his resignation at a conference call in Una demanded a high level probe by an independent agency in the alleged sex racket saying the charges were and he was being falsely implicated in the case.

While admitting to his presence in the hotel, he said that his presence should not be linked with the presence of anyone else in the hotel.

He told the media that he was in the hotel to have dinner with friends and was not aware that the the police had laid a trap to nab someone in the hotel.

The police visited the hotel but went back after doing a search of the premises, said Rana.

To uphold moral standards, I have resigned and would be proven innocent by any agency who conducts an impartial inquiry, he said.

Though no case has been registered, however senior vigilance officials said that an inquiry into the incident had been instituted.

DS Minhas, DGP Vigilance said that an inquiry had been ordered into the alleged sex racket that had been widely reported in the media.

Hardesh Bist, SP Vigilance Shimla would probe the matter that allegedly is reported to have happened on 4th September, said Minhas.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik has nurtured Hill Post for over a decade. A chequered path had him drift from managing family owned apple orchards, to turning a documentary filmmaker, to a journalist - with India’s leading television networks and newspapers, to boot strapping in founding Start-Ups. He lives in Shimla.

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