CHANDIGARH: Alleged financial irregularities and high handedness in the Haryana forest department at the hands of senior IFS officer V K Jhanjharia, has now come under the scanner of Punjab and Haryana high court, which on Friday issued notice to CBI, Union ministry of forest and environment and the officer seeking response on the issue. Jhanjharia is at present posted as conservator forest (west...
CHANDIGARH: Alleged financial irregularities and high handedness in the Haryana forest department at the hands of senior IFS officer V K Jhanjharia, has now come under the scanner of Punjab and Haryana high court, which on Friday issued notice to CBI, Union ministry of forest and environment and the officer seeking response on the issue. Jhanjharia is at present posted as conservator forest (west circle Hisar)
The matter came up for hearing before the Punjab and Haryana high court in the wake of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Gurgaon resident, Harinder Dhingra.
The division bench comprising acting Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Alok Singh has also put the Haryana government, its chief conservator (forest) and the state vigilance bureau on notice seeking their response on the contentions raised in the PIL.
Petitioner has sought directions to take cognizance of the financial irregularities and high handedness of V K Jhanjharia in the department and to order CBI probe to investigate into the matter of disproportionate assets, regarding which the vigilance inquiry is pending since April 21, 2011. It was submitted that the state vigilance bureau has not taken any action till date and neither inquiry is concluded in this matter.
He alleged that as per the information received from various sources, the IFS officer has amassed huge properties, which cannot be accounted for and has also indulged in malpractices so much so that he has not only misappropriated the state property but has also embezzled the funds of the state.
He added that he was appointed as the Haryana Forest Services officer in 1980 and promoted to IFS in 1986.
"The salary of a HFS/IFS officer is very moderate and with this salary the Jhanjharia not only raised a family of four, but also acquired huge valuable properties in Punjab (Aboharand Fazilka) in his paternal village, in Rajasthan (Sri Ganganagar) and in Haryana (Hisar and Gurgaon) and besides that also have petrol pumps in the name of his sons, wife and daughter-in-laws," petitioner further alleged.
It was also submitted in the petition that one forest guard namely Sher Singh (who was dismissed by Jhanjharia) had submitted all the documents relating to unaccounted wealth submitted to the State Vigilance Bureau in June 2011, in the form of an affidavit. Following that an inquiry was initiated on the basis of complaint but because of Jhanjharia's influence, till date no final report has been submitted and no action has been taken.
Now, the case would come up for further hearing on July 24.
Save Nature and Wildlife : Expose and punish tainted officials:
Animals are being killed for flesh, skin and fur, blood and bones as well in India, tainted guardian be exposed and punished.
1. Financial irregularities in DRDA Jind : RTI application dated 13-09-2011 by Sumant Bhattacharya.
2. Rs. 16 Crore plantation scam in Jind : RTI application dated 12/05/2010 by Abhay Mishra
3. Jui Mithatlal feeder plantation scam : RTI application dated 12/04/2010 by Navneet Sharma
4. Disproportionate assets : From complainant Sh Sher Singh
5. Culpable homicide in bhiwani : From the family of victim
6. Case of forgery and criminal intimidation : From the complainant sh jagdish nehra
7. Case of demand of bribe from war widow for giving NOC From the war widow
8. Benefiting private agency in case of forest clearance RTI application by Satish Mishra.
Hence I strongly opposed malpractice by a public servant for personnel gain and profit, tainted officials bank account be freeze, movable and immovable assets be declared national property. I am in the opinion to support the PIL moved against tainted IFS.
Under RTI Act, 2005 following information's may kindly be supplied:
# Details of movable and immovable assets and property earned by all working IAS / IPS / IFS / HCS / HPS / Tehsildars / B.D.O / Haryana Pollution Control Board officers / DETC / RTA officers / ETO / AETO after joining the said position, during their service tenure since beginning / all Member of Parliaments and Member of Legislative Assembly.
# There are no natural habitat for Elephant in Haryana, which is a national heritage animal of India then why Elephants are being abused for pride, political, begging and publicity tool in Haryana, how many Elephants are being abused in Haryana and where?