Congress takes U-turn to not replace tainted officers


Coming heavily on the state government to take U-turn for not replacing 43 officers with doubtful integrity, BJP state unit had termed it unfortunate, charging the former not willing to fight against the corruption. State had shown its inability before the high court of Himachal Pradesh yesterday to shift tainted officers to non-sensitive posts.

State BJP Spokesman Ganesh Dutt said in a press statement issued today that state wants to shelter such tainted officers by giving this undertaking before the Division Bench comprising of the acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmed Mir and Mr. Justice Kuldip Singh yesterday.

The government seems not to be committed to fight against the corruption, instead wants to shelter such officers after taking U-turn by not shifting or replacing tainted officers with doubtful integrity while it had itself stated before the court on November 18 that it would submit the transfer orders of the replaced officers facing corruption charges or being probed in state agencies.

Surfing of recent ‘Draft scams’ having convinced of NSUI activists and government officials, reflects that how neck deep corruption is flourishing under this regime. Transfers had taken a form of industry under this government, therefore, it is not expected to take action against corrupt officers, BJP alleged that track record of Congress to deal with corruption is very poor meek and it was clear from such undertaking given in the court.

How could government be committed to fight against the corruption as some officers who were running the government now being charged tainted in the list have been probed by state agencies in the past for allegedly involved in the corruption cases.

The U-turn to withdraw the remarks of Advocate General made before honorable court in the past that it would take action against tainted officers is open denial of government to give clean and transparent governance.

The matter is listed before a bench of high court on December 6, to pass further order on state government new stand on issue of tainted officers.
Division Bench comprising of Mr. Justice Kuldip Singh and Mr. Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary has passed order on November 18, 2013 that state would submit the lists of transferred officials before court on December 6.

Showing inability to submit such lists now Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh P. Mitra submitted and amended statement before the court yesterday that it could not shift the officers from sensitive to non-sensitive posts as such cadres does not exist with it.

The writ petition filled by Drug Controller of state health department Mr. Sher Singh, recently convicted in a graft case, alleging that state actions highly is in-discriminatory against the officers charged with doubtful integrity as many of them were enjoying pattern age despite caught or booked in graft case long time back and many of them were posted on sensitive posts.

The high court has been passed the stricture against the state government for sheltering such officers as many IAS officers and state government functionaries have been not given prosecution sanctions and it was being delayed from request authority.

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