Published On: Thu, Mar 22nd, 2018

IAS officers in HC against Delhi Assembly panels report

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has sought the AAP governments response on two IAS officers plea against an interim report tabled before the Delhi Assembly by one of its panels recommending “criminal proceedings” against them in connection with alleged irregularities in a cooperative bank.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher

Justice Rajiv Shakdher also sought to know the stands of the Centre and the Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly on the officers petitions which challenges the adoption of the report by the House.

The Committee of Petitions (CoP) of the Delhi Assembly in its report of January 15 this year has recommended criminal proceedings against the two officers for providing “help and aid to the corrupt” in connection with alleged irregularities in Delhi Nagrik Sehkari Bank Ltd, a cooperative bank.

The report was adopted by the Assembly after passing of a resolution on January 17.

The petitioners, former Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS) J B Singh and serving Registrar and CEO of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board Shurbir Singh, have challenged the interim report of January 15 of the CoP and its adoption by the Assembly on January 17.

The CoP in its report had said there were complaints about various irregularities in enrolment of members in the bank, payment of membership fee to the tune of several lakhs from the accounts of bank employees, submission of fake ITRs among others.

It had also said that a large number of illegal voters had elected the directors of the bank as out of its 67,000 members only around 14,000 were found to be real.

In their separate petitions filed though advocate Vivek Chib, the two bureaucrats have claimed that the issue of alleged irregularities in the cooperative bank was already before the high court and therefore, the Speaker could not have referred it to the CoP which in turn ought not to have gone into it.

The officers petitions, which is expected to be heard next on April 11, claim that the entire process starting from referring of the issue to the House panel, its report and the adoption by the Assembly was “tainted with procedural illegality and merits to be set aside or quashed by the court”.

The two officers had recently challenged in the high court the notice issued to them by the Question and Reference (Q&R) Committee for not appearing before it in relation to the cooperative bank issue.

The court on March 9 had directed the panel to not take any coercive steps against them and listed the matter for further hearing on April 11.

Earlier, Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash also had moved the court against the notice issued to him by the Q&R panel in the same matter. He was also protected by the court against any coercive action.

The chief secretary and the other two officers were called for the meeting by the Q&R Committee to examine the issues relating to the bank and in which reply from the Department of Cooperative Society was found to be uncomplete and unsatisfactory.

PTI

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