Chandigarh, 16 November
Questions are also being raised on the campaign against corruption launched by the government and mainly by the Anti Corruption Bureau. There are many serious cases in which the Bureau has sought permission from the government to take further action and register a case under the Anti-Corruption Act, but permission has not been received from the government yet. The Bureau had sent 157 cases to the government for permission to take action under Section 17A of the Act.
Out of these, the Bureau has received permission from the government to take further action in 120 cases, but 37 cases are still pending at the government level. Congress MLA from Faridabad NIT Neeraj Sharma had sent a written question in this regard in the Assembly. In response to this, the government has made this disclosure. These cases also include the case related to senior IAS officer D Suresh. Permission has not yet been received from the government to take action against D Suresh under Rule 17A.
Actually, Speaker Gyan Chand Gupta has made this arrangement on the demand of MLAs that MLAs can ask three questions in a month regarding any department. The concerned departments will have to answer these questions in writing. Most of the cases pending with the Bureau are those which were sent to the Bureau for investigation at the government level itself. There are many such cases which came directly to the notice of the Anti Corruption Bureau. Even after complaints by MLAs, the Bureau has started investigation in many cases.
The cases being investigated by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) include Haryana Urban Development Authority, Revenue and Disaster Management, Urban Local Bodies – Municipal Corporation, Municipal Council and Municipality, Education Department, Town and Country Planning Department, Mining, Transport. Apart from electricity, cases related to many departments are included. A case of embezzlement of more than Rs 24 lakh on the basis of fake bills in government works is also going on against the officers and employees of Rohtak-based Pandit Lakhmichand State University of Performing and Visual Arts.
On the complaint of a person named Ashok Kumar, action is being taken by the Bureau against DFO Vijendra Singh. It is alleged that DFO and Clerk Manjit Singh, in collusion with the educated youth, took one-two lakh rupees from them in exchange for getting them to join in the back-date and assured the youth of getting them jobs in the Forest Department, Nuh. Not only this, there have also been allegations of giving jobs to these youth on back-date.
Not only this, on the complaint of Dinesh Kumar, ACB has registered a case in another corruption related case in the Forest Department itself. Its permission has been received from the government. There are allegations that crores of rupees were embezzled in the name of growing plants in the nurseries of the Forest Department. A corruption case is also going on against a hospital in Faridabad. This hospital took cash for treatment from Ayushman Bharat card holders, Haryana government employees, Scheduled Castes and families living below the poverty line. After this, bills in their names were also sent to the government.
Cases registered on the instructions of CM
On the instructions of Chief Minister Manohar Lal, permission has been given to take action against PWD XEN Amit Malik, SDO Naveen Khatri, Jagwinder Ranga, Rajendra Singh, Amardeep Duran and Rohtash on corruption in the construction of the extension building of Civil Hospital, Panchkula. During the special checking conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau in the office of PWD Chandigarh, permission has been sought to take action against about half a dozen officers and employees including XEN Arun Singhmar, SDO KK Sihag and Deepak Singh. In the RTO office Gurugram, permission has been given to investigate into collusion with brokers and vehicle owners to give NOAC without collecting road tax.
Case against 65 regarding land
The Anti Corruption Bureau has also been investigating a land fraud related to Palwal district for many years. It was suggested to register a case in this matter. Case is going on against 65 people in this matter. These include only about five dozen officers and employees of the Revenue and Disaster Management Department. There are many Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars among them. Similarly, those who sell and buy land have also been made parties in this case.
Permission required under rules
Under Section 17-A of the Prevention of Corruption Act, if there is a complaint of corruption in a government department, it is necessary to obtain 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 registered only after the approval of the government. The government has to give its decision on this within three months. Decision is still pending in some cases.