G.S. Bali protecting culprits of pulse scam : Maheshwar Singh


By : Mohan Verma

Himachal Pradesh consumer affairs, food and civil supply minister G.S. Bali was protecting culprits of pulse scams, this was alleged by Himachal Pradesh Lok Hit Party leader Maheshwar Singh during the question hour today.

Raising supplementary in the house, Mr. Singh said that those who were involved in the alleged pulse scams enjoying the patronage of minister as they were getting protection after not getting booked for the alleged crime.

Minister defended him stating that state vigilance department conducted probe into this matter while two officials have been placed under suspension after registering FIR (no. 1/12) against them. He elaborated that two officials were found allegedly tempering condition of tenders.

Mr. Bali said that erstwhile MD of food supply corporation involved in the matter has died while another has retired and challan has been put against the two in the court.

Member said that supplier of pulses has lifted pluses from market of Delhi but he charged the transport cost of it from the government from Mumbai. He said that substandard pulses lifted from Delhi were packed at Parwanoo and further supplied to people of this hill state.

He said that action should be taken against the tainted supplier after booking him in the case. He questioned that who could Mr. Bali brushed aside this scam as he had been highlighted himself being chairman of charge sheet committee during BJP rule in the state.

Minister said that government had full faith on its police but its member insist on CBI or probe by other agency government would consider it. He, however, maintained that government have no right to put the firm in black list.

Unsatisfied member alleged that it was behind his apprehension that the minister was trying to protect the culprits but public know all.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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