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Probe gives clean chit to IFS officer

Probe gives clean chit to IFS officer

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 8

A one-year old case of missing file of the Forest Department’s from Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) is back to haunt the state government. The file pertains to an inquiry into the regularisation of services of 33 daily wagers by IFS officer Harsh Kumar, who was suspected by officials in the CMO to be behind the disappearance of the file.

The Chandigarh Police, after probing the matter on a complaint lodged by the Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Forests, Punjab, in November 2018, have stated that no evidence was found against Harsh Kumer in connection with the file that went missing on April 12, 2018.

In the report, the inquiry officer has stated that from the statements, records and video footage on the day of the incident, there is no sufficient evidence case on record against Harsh Kumar. Moreover, the file has been reconstructed. No preliminary inquiry as per all-India Service Discipline Rules was conducted by the Principal Secretary of Forest.

It has been further pointed out that letter patent appeal (LPA) 998 of 2018 was filed in June 28, 2018, in the Punjab and Haryana High Court by IFS officer TK Bahera, after the file went missing on April 12, 2018. That shows that it was available on June 28, 2018.

“That very fact that the whole file was reconstructed shows that there is no direct evidence that the said file was taken away by Harsh Kumar or it would have benefitted him if it was removed from the CMO. Because the said file was available not only in subordinate offices, but also in the High Court, it was reconstructed,” said the inquiry officer.

Even by the report of SP, Security Special Protection Unit in the office of CM Punjab, Balwant Kaur, it had been written that it is suspected that Harsh kumar might have taken away the file with his own file, while coming out of special principal secretary’s room.

The probe report has been sent to the CMO and to the office of Forest Department.

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