High Court seeks information on reinstatement of corrupt officials

Shimla:  The Himachal Pradesh High Court directed the state government to furnish information on the number of officers facing trial under corruption charges who were reinstated in the service by revoking their suspension.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice sought the names and addresses of such officers and also asked the government to explain whether it had applied its mind before revoking suspension of such officers.

This order was passed during hearing on a petition filed by Sher Singh, former assistant drugs controller, praying for staying the departmental proceedings initiated against pending trial of the vigilance case. The petitioner prayed that both criminal trial and departmental proceedings could not go side by side.

During the hearing, the court noticed that the state government had reinstated numerous officers facing trial under the prevention of corruption Act and observed from the record that the petitioner, against whom a vigilance case is pending trial, had been reinstated in service.

The counsel for the petitioner submitted that numerous such officers who were facing trail before the court under prevention of corruption Act, 1988, and other statutes pending trial had been reinstated into service by the government.

The court directed the government to furnish information within a week and fixed the next hearing on September 1.

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