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Bhalla Report
Chautala, Sampat, Malik indicted
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
Senior INLD leader and former Haryana finance minister Sampat Singh is among those indicted by the Bhalla Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government to probe the alleged irregular creation of the Haryana State Industrial Security Force (HSISF).

Om Prakash Chautala, who was the Chief Minister of Haryana at the time of raising of the force, and the then director-general of police (DGP), M. S. Malik, were the other two government functionaries indicted in the report submitted by the Commission to the state government last month.

Malik was earlier put under suspension and slapped with a chargesheet by the state government for the alleged flouting of rules by him in raising the HSISF. Nirmal Singh, who was then the DGP of Haryana, carried out the inquiry.

Chautala is facing a CBI probe in connection with disproportionate assets allegedly amassed by him and his family members during the period when the INLD was in power in the state. However, the case relating to Chautala’s role in the raising of the HSISF has not been referred to any external agency by the state government.

Sampat Singh, the articulate face of the INLD who also enjoys the respect of his political adversaries, had first proposed the setting up of the HSISF by writing a note to Chautala on the subject. He was nailed by the Commission headed by Justice K. S. Bhalla since the HSISF appeared to be his brainchild.

Malik was indicted for carrying out the recruitments in haste by throwing the guidelines out of the window.

The state government, it is learnt, is yet to take a decision on what action it should initiate against Chautala and Sampat Singh in the light of the findings of the Bhalla report. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has ruled out tabling the report in the ongoing session of the Assembly.

Sixty sub-inspectors (SIs), 2,960 constables and 187 Class IV personnel were recruited for the HSISF in December,2004, two months before the last Assembly elections in the state in February 2005.While the SIs were recruited by the Haryana Staff Selection Commission, the remaining staff was recruited by superintendents of the police authorised by the then DGP, Malik.

The Congress-led government, which replaced the INLD regime in the state, disbanded the HSISF on the ground that there was no demand for the force from either public or private sector industries. Over Rs 12.50 crore was spent on the pay and allowances of the members of the force before it was disbanded in July 2005.



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