Cong demands probe into humiliation of Punjab IAS officer
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 20:53
Chandigarh: The Congress on Wednesday demanded a probe into the "humiliation" of a senior IAS officer in Punjab who sought premature retirement after an alleged indirect run-in with the chief minister's family.

"An officer of Commissioner level was disgracefully shunted out of office for having the courage to get buses belonging to the Chief Minister's family dislodged for being illegally parked and operated from a Mohali shop-cum-office complex," Punjab Congress Spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira said here.

Jasbir Singh Bir, secretary of the general administration department, yesterday sought premature retirement from service charging that he underwent "severe mental trauma".

"It is saddening to note that officers are willing to become handy tools to the whims and fancies of such arrogant hot headed politicians," he hit out.

Bir's resignation has confirmed that the Parkash Singh Badal government is using administrative machinery as a tool to browbeat its opponents, Khaira alleged.

The party demand a thorough probe into the "humiliation" of the officer to find out who is responsible for "not carrying out his official orders presumably under political patronage of none less than the Chief Minister's family".

The Congress also wanted a time-bound inquiry to fix responsibility on the "erring junior officer" and demanded "the buses of Orbit company belonging to the Chief Minister's family be immediately removed" from the commercial complex in Mohali.

Bir was shunted out from the post in December last year to a junior posting as Director, Cultural Affairs, after an alleged indirect run-in with the Deputy Chief Minister over the matter.


First Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 20:53

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