Governor refuses to grant prosecution sanction against Dhumal

North Gazette News/Shimla
HP Governor Urmila Singh on Tuesday reportedly refused to grant sanction to prosecute former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in a corruption case for misuse of power during previous BJP regime.

Official sources said that the Governor, whose term ends on January 24, 2015 had advised the government that there was no need for her intervention to grant prosecution sanction against Dhumal. “The governor has clarified that the government could proceed against
its own,” said the sources.

Earlier, in the HPCA case, Governor Urmila Singh had granted sanction to prosecute Dhumal.

It is pertinent to mention here that the state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau in June 2013 registered a case against Dhumal for alleged misuse of position when he held office in 2007.

The Vigilance Bureau had booked Dhumal was booked the Prevention of Corruption Act by allowing IPS officer, A N Sharma, who is now retired to rejoin services. The Bureau has also named Sharma in the FIR, registered under different sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, and the then, Principal Secretary (Home) P C Kapoor.

Sharma had applied for voluntary retirement from the police service to contest the 2007 assembly elections on the BJP ticket, though he didn’t get BJP ticket to contest polls.

As the BJP returned to power after the election, Sharma applied for continuation of his servies after which Dhumal led BJP government allowed him to withdraw his resignation.