Himachal High Court asks for record of graft case against bureaucrat

Shimla: Intervening in a corruption case where the state government has refused to grant prosecution sanction against a bureaucrat, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the state to place the entire record pertaining to the case before the court.

A division bench presided over by Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Sanjay Karol hearing a petition from Sher Singh Thakur, a former drug controller convicted in a corruption case, directed the state government to place the entire record of the trap case involving HAS (Himachal Administrative Services) officer Mohan Lal Mehta including the FIR registered by the state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau before the court.

The court also asked for placing the proceeding of arrest and bail before the court on November 8.

The Court passed these orders after it was brought to its notice that prosecution sanction against Mehta had been refused by the government.

The Court also directed the Central Vigilance Commission to complete processing of a case against senior IAS officer Sanjay Gupta within two weeks and to pass final orders within another three weeks.

An FIR against Gupta has been registered over a graft case by state vigilance bureau but the case has not moved because the investigating agencies have not got prosecution sanction in the matter.

Sher Singh Thakur has petitioned the court that the investigating agencies and state authorities were being discriminatory in granting prosecution sanction and not all accused were being treated with the same yardstick.

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