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CHATURVEDI CASE Missing file plaint filed against CM

June 13, 2018 05:44 AM


Missing file plaint filed against CM
File returned from the CM’s Office didn’t have file notings
Naveen S Garewal

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12

The Additional Chief Secretary’s office in the Haryana Forest Department has lodged a complaint with the Chandigarh Police against Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for documents found missing from a file pertaining to a High Court case related to Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi.
Rajinder Singh Chhillar, Superintendent in the Forest Branch of Haryana Secretariat, lodged the complaint on May 21 under Section 155 (commission of a non-cognisable offence) of the CrPC.
“The main file pertaining to CWP (civil writ petition) No. 5953 of 2014 titled ‘State of Haryana and Principal Chief Conservator of Forest versus Union of India’ was submitted by the office to CM for taking the decision to withdraw the said writ,” the complaint reads. And another file noting says that “the file received from the CM’s Secretariat does not contain the noting with the relevant notings”.
The decision to file the FIR for the missing file was taken on April 25 after discussion between the Secretary and the Additional Chief Secretary, Forest, after which the file noting reads, “If such efforts does not result in locating the file, the FIR should be registered.”
Instead of registering the case as was decided, a missing document report has been filed. The complaint cannot be investigated without magistrate’s orders.
Officials in Additional Chief Secretary’s office recorded that the case file returned from the CMO on March 15 did not have file notings. They further noted the file was seen last by the Principal Secretary to the CM on March 7.
In March 2014, the Haryana Government had filed a writ petition in the HC for quashing the report of a two-member inquiry committee constituted by the Centre in September 2010 which had indicted then Haryana CM, Forest Minister and then Principal Secretary (Forest), besides others, for charges leveled by whistleblower Chaturvedi. It had also recommended a CBI inquiry against them.
Based on recommendations of the committee, the President had quashed a departmental charge-sheet pending against Chaturvedi in January 2011.
The Presidential order was implemented by the Governor through a notification in February 2011. However, then Hooda Government turned down the Centre’s directions for handing over the matter to the CBI for investigation of corruption cases exposed by Chaturvedi. At that time, the BJP — which was then in Opposition — had supported Chaturvedi and demanded a CBI investigation.
After refusal by the state government, Chatuvedi had moved the Supreme Court in November 2012 (for CBI probe), which issued notices. Meanwhile, in March 2014, then Hooda government had filed a writ petition in HC against the two-member inquiry committee report and all subsequent actions of the Centre.
In May 2016, the Advocate General Office advised Khattar Government to withdraw this case. In the absence of any action Chaturvedi filed a RTI to know about the action taken on the Advocate General’s recommendation it came to light that some documents in the file were missing.
The CM’s Office said they were unaware about the development. The complainant, Rajinder Singh, said it was an official matter and he was not the competent authority to comment. But he confirmed a complaint had been lodged

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