Suspended Punjab officer to move court


Chandigarh: A senior officer of Punjab who was suspended after a corruption case was filed against him by the state vigilance department, Saturday said he will move the high Court if the case is not quashed.

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“The Punjab vigilance had filed the case based on false and fabricated grounds. I have no trust in their inquiry and if they do not quash this case then I will move High Court against them. I am also ready for CBI inquiry into this issue,” said V.K. Janjua, Punjab’s former director for industries.

Janjua had filed complaint with Chandigarh police Friday against Punjab Vigilance Director and additional Director General of Police Sumedh Singh Saini and other senior officials, including the superintendent of police and deputy superintendent of police.

He had demanded police to book these officials on the charges of criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, public servant disobeying law, fabricating false evidence and wrongful confinement.

Janjua also alleged that senior officials of industries department worked hand in gloves with vigilance officials to frame him.

“There were some officials in my department who were jealous of me and therefore they hatched a conspiracy to defame me. If police do not register a case, based on my complaint, then I would be left with no option other than approaching court,” stated Janjua.

Janjua, a 1989 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, was arrested in November last year by a vigilance department team. He was booked for accepting bribe.

Vigilance officials received a complaint against Janjua from Ludhiana-based businessman P.R. Misra. He alleged that Janjua was demanding Rs.600,000 bribe from him. A special team of vigilance sleuths from Ludhiana caught Janjua red-handed.

Meanwhile, Chandigarh police have not registered any case in connection with Janjua’s complaint so far.