Chandigarh, 16 November
The campaign against corruption launched by the government and mainly by the Anti-Corruption Bureau is also being questioned. There are many such serious cases in which further action and permission to file a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been sought by the Bureau from the government, but permission has not been received from the government yet. The Bureau had referred 157 cases to the Government for permission to act under Section-17A of the Act.
In 120 of these cases, the Bureau has received permission to take further action on behalf of the government, but 37 cases are still pending at the government level. Congress MLA from Faridabad NIT Neeraj Sharma had sent a written question in this context in the Vidhan Sabha. In response to this, the Government has disclosed this. These cases include the case involving senior IAS officer D Suresh. No permission has yet been received from the government to take action under Rule-17A against D. Suresh.
Actually, on the demand of MLAs, Speaker Gyan Chand Gupta has made this arrangement that MLAs can ask three questions in a month about any department. These questions must be answered in writing to the concerned departments. Most of the cases pending with the Bureau are those which have been referred to the Bureau for investigation at the Government level itself. There are also many such cases which have directly come under the notice of the Anti-Corruption Bureau. Even after complaints by MLAs, the bureau has initiated investigations in several cases.
Among the cases under investigation by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) are Haryana Urban Development Authority, Revenue and Disaster Management, Urban Local Bodies – Municipal Corporation, Municipal Council and Municipal Corporation, Education Department, Town and Country Planning Department, Mining, Transport , including cases related to many departments apart from electricity. A case of embezzlement of more than 24 lakhs on the basis of fake bill in government works is also going on against the officers and employees of Pandit Lakhmichand State University of Performing and Visual Arts located in Rohtak.
Action is being taken against DFO Vijender Singh on the complaint of a person named Ashok Kumar. It is alleged that DFO and Clerk Manjit Singh colluded and promised to hire educated youths in forest department by taking one-two lakh rupees instead of joining them in back-date. Not only this, these youths have also been accused of giving back-dated jobs.
Not only this, ACB has registered a case in another case related to corruption in the forest department itself on the complaint of Dinesh Kumar. Its permission has been received from the government. It is alleged that crores of rupees were embezzled in the name of growing saplings in the forest department’s nurseries. A case of corruption is also going on against a hospital in Faridabad. This hospital took cash for treatment from Ayushman Bharat card holders, Haryana government employees, scheduled caste and below poverty line families. After this, the bill in his name was also sent to the government.
The case was filed on the instructions of the CM
Action against PWD’s XEN Amit Malik, SDO Naveen Khatri, Jagwindra Ranga, Rajendra Singh, Amardeep Duran and Rohtash for corruption in the construction of extension building of Civil Hospital, Panchkula has been allowed on the instructions of Chief Minister Manohar Lal. During the special checking conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau in the office of PWD Chandigarh, XEN has sought permission to take action against about half a dozen officials and employees including Arun Singhmar, SDO KK Sihag and Deepak Singh. The RTO office in Gurugram has been allowed to investigate the collusion of brokers and vehicle owners to issue NOACs without collecting road tax.
Case 65 on land
The Anti-Corruption Bureau has also been probing a fake plot of land related to Palwal district for several years. A case was suggested to be registered in this case. In this matter, 65 people are being prosecuted. Among them are about five dozen officials and employees of the Revenue and Disaster Management Department. There are many Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars among them. Likewise those who sell and buy land are also made parties in this case.
Permission is required under the rules
Under Section 17-A of the Prevention of Corruption Act, when there is a complaint of corruption in a government department, it is necessary to take permission from the government for investigation against the concerned officer. No arrest can be made without the permission of the concerned officer. A case under corruption is also registered only after the approval of the government. The government has to give its decision on this in three months. A decision is pending in some cases.