HC summons UP Minor Irrigation Minister, Principal Secy
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 00:34
Allahabad: The High Court here has summoned the UP Minor Irrigation minister and the department Principal Secretary in connection with suspension of a Chief Engineer two days before his superannuation for alleged irregularities though all charges against him were not proved.

The court was hearing a writ petition filed by the complainant challenging the suspension and also the deduction of his entire pension amount.

A division bench comprising Justices Vijay Manohar Sahai and Vikram Nath, in its order dated 15.06.2010, asked the minister and the Principal Secretary to appear in person before the court on July 30 next and file their personal affidavits.

The court also stayed he two orders of the Principal Secretary whereby the petitioner Ranveer Singh Jurail's pension was deducted, observing that "the order of punishment is per se bad in law and suffers from the vice of malice".

Coming down heavily on the Principal Secretary, the court asked the official to "explain in his counter affidavit as to why he has passed the impugned order without even reading the inquiry report and whether while functioning as Principal Secretary he is passing orders in such a fashion in every matter before him".

Jurail, who had retired on 31.08.2007, was placed under suspension on 29.08.2007, for alleged irregularities in the purchase of pipes.

An inquiry was conducted but none of the charges were proved. Dissatisfied with the report, the state government ordered yet another inquiry which indicted him of only some of the charges.

The petitioner alleged that no charge of misappropriation of government money was proven against him, and the charges proved pertained to minor procedures, yet the Principal Secretary, at the behest of the minister, passed the punishment order.


First Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 00:34

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