Provide list of corrupt officials: Himachal court

Shimla/ September 14

The Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the chief secretary to furnish a list regarding government functionaries involved in corruption and moral turpitude cases in the past 10 years.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice D.C. Chaudhary passed these orders Thursday during the hearing of a petition filed by drug controller Sher Singh Thakur, who was convicted last year for corruption, against the state to set aside the departmental proceedings against him.
During hearing, the court observed that since November 2011 the court has been directing the principal secretary (home) to furnish information regarding officials involved in corruption cases.
But the principal secretary (home) through affidavit May 9, 2012, had informed the court that this would certainly take a lot of time and efforts as the information is to be consolidated by the administrative secretaries concerned after receiving it from departments, boards and corporations under their control.
The court observed “from November 2011 to May 2012 would have been sufficient enough to call for the information and supply it to the court”. “The court wonders what they have been doing for six months. Being a home secretary, major part of information could have been easily got available from the police headquarters. There is no point in waiting
or the report any further from the secretary home. Therefore, the court directed the chief
secretary to furnish the information within six weeks,” the judges observed. The case has been listed the matter for next hearing Oct 31.
Thakur was arrested by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau in 2008 and was convicted by a Solan court in June 2011 under the Prevention of Corruption Act and sentenced him to three years rigorous imprisonment.