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Officer on fast, says touts at work in Haryana textbook case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 28
Suspended Haryana IAS officer Sanjiv Kumar, who had accused Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala of “interfering” in the JBT teachers appointment in 2000, today alleged that CBI was not probing the case in the right earnest and claimed that an officer of the agency had demanded Rs 55 lakh from him in the text book purchase case in which he faces a probe.

Mr Kumar, who sat on fast-unto-death today at his residence here demanding proper investigation by the CBI in the matter, told mediapersons here that he had recorded telephonic conversation of “touts” through whom an officer of SP rank in CBI had demanded money for “settling” the textbooks purchase case against him.

Releasing the audio tape of the purported conversation, Mr Kumar said he had “informed the CBI Director about the phone calls and requested him to lay a trap but nothing was done.”

Mr Kumar alleged that though he had personally accused Mr Chautala in the teachers appointment scam, the agency had not named him in the FIR registered on May 24. He claimed that the agency had registered the FIR only against the Chief Minister’s OSD and his PA.

“This by itself is ridiculous as the CM’s name has not been mentioned. These officers merely acted on the direction of the CM,” he said.

He also alleged that the CBI had not acted on his earlier complaint about Godman Chandraswami holding a threat to him “at the behest of Mr Chautala.”

The Supreme Court last year had ordered a CBI probe into the JBT teachers appointment scam as well as five cases of alleged corruption against Mr Kumar, initiated by Haryana government following a petition by the officer himself. He had alleged that Haryana government had initiated inquiries against him in five cases including textbook purchase case in retaliation to his “exposing” the teachers recruitment scam.

Only last week the apex court had directed the CBI to submit a status report on the progress of investigation in the five cases against Mr Kumar after he had moved an application before the court alleging that the state government was “harrasing” him by coming with new inquiries. Mr Kumar had said that initially the government had stated there were only three inquiries pending against him but later informed the court in an affidavit about five such cases.

However, the state government had last week categorically told the court that except three departmental inquiries, transferred to Central Vigilance Commission by the court, there was no other probe pending against him.


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