CPI-M demands Bindal’s resignation for reinstating tainted drug controller in Himachal

Shimla: The CPI-M today demanded resignation of state Health Minister Rajeev Bindal for his alleged involvement in the reinstatement of drug controller Sher Singh facing trial in a corruption case.

Tikender Singh Panwar member state secretariat of CPI-(M) in a statement said Bindal had asked the department to reinstate the tainted officer as per the information gathered under the right to information act.

Tikender said the High Court taking cognisance of the gross violations made by the government has asked the chief secretary to furnish details of total number of officers reinstated after being booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act. He said the minister was directly involved in drug controller Sher Singh’s reinstatement and should resign from his post.

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The CPI-M strongly blasted the BJP government for making tall claims of making the state corruption free whereas its own ministers were deeply drenched in corruption charges, it alleged.

‘Opening of private universities in the state, permission to construct hydel projects, sanction for industrial projects has all become an easy modus of generating wealth for some of the officers and certain ministers during the present BJP rule in the state. It is indeed ridiculous that the BJP talks of making the state corruption free’, Tikender said.

He further said, the efforts made by the officers in the vigilance department were vilified by reinstating such tainted officers who were arrested with great effort.

‘What is the point of arresting such officers when they are to be reinstated by the BJP ministers back into their service? Now they practice corruption with more precaution and vigour’, he said.

The CPI-M reiterated its demand of declaring assets of the ministers and matching it with the assets filed during the last elections. It alleged that majority of the ministers have assets disproportionate to their income which could only be generated with corrupt means.

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