HC refuses to hear Haryana government's plea to quash Central report on whistle-blower IFS officer

The Punjab and Haryana High Court said the matter is essentially between the Union government and the state.

Published: 29th August 2019 08:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th August 2019 08:04 PM   |  A+A-

Gavel

For representational purposes

By PTI

CHANDIGARH: The high court has refused to hear Haryana government's plea seeking quashing of a 2010 Central report, which had dismissed the state's charges against whistle-blower IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, saying it has no jurisdiction to decide on it.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court said the matter is essentially between the Union government and the state.

During his deputation in Haryana from 2005 to 2010, Chaturvedi claimed to have unearthed a multi-crore scam in the state's forestry programme.

The previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda dispensation launched departmental proceedings against him, leading to the filing of a charge sheet in 2007.

Chaturvedi then made a representation to the then Union Cabinet Secretary, following which the Centre constituted a two-member inquiry committee in August 2010 to ascertain the veracity of the Hooda government's charges against him.

The committee concluded the charges against the Magsaysay-award winner were not correct.

It also recommended a CBI probe against senior Haryana government functionaries.

In March 2014, the Hooda government approached the high court for quashing of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests' inquiry report.

The next Manohar Lal Khattar government pursued the petition before the court.

"Supreme Court is already seized of similar controversy vide a writ petition...wherein, in my view, prima facie though, issues involved are similar and are directly related to the ones raised in the writ petition filed before this court," Justice Arun Monga of the Punjab nd Haryana High Court said in his order released on Wednesday without expressing any opinion on the merits of the case.

The judge said the state's writ petition is held to be not maintainable before the high court and the state government is at liberty to take any other appropriate action.

In January 2011, based on the inquiry committee report, a presidential order was issued to quash the state government charge sheet against him.

The Haryana government had, however, contended that the MoEF constituted the committee outside its administrative scope and filed a case in the high court, seeking the quashing of the panel's report.

In November 2012, Chaturvedi approached the Supreme Court praying for a CBI probe as recommended by the MoEF committee.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp