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MHA yet to decide on state’s request
Punjab prepares Virk charge sheet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
The issue of the reversion of former Punjab DGP S.S. Virk took a new turn today. Punjab officials confirmed that a charge sheet against Virk was being prepared and the state might even choose to take legal recourse to counter the central government on the issue.

Meanwhile, officials of the MHA down-played events of yesterday saying “Punjab’s request of stalling Virk’s reversion was received today and it is being examined before any decision is taken on the matter”. The Punjab government had suspended Virk on April 4 while the MHA sought to prematurely terminate his period of deputation on April 11.

Virk did not report to his parent cadre of Maharashtra today also, a highly placed official confirmed on the phone from Mumbai. The official said that a letter had come from the MHA about Virk’s posting to Maharashtra and his expected joining in Mumbai.

Well-placed sources told The Tribune that the Punjab government on its part had made up its mind to counter the central government on the reversion of Virk even if it required taking legal recourse. Top legal experts have been consulted for the purpose. Punjab officials said the case and documents against Virk were clear. A top MHA officer said “the writ of the central government runs in matters related to the controlling of the cadre of IPS officers”.However, he added that the ministry might prefer an amicable resolution of the issue.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has already said “Virk should not be reverted as he is facing an inquiry”.

Punjab on its part will not only be sending the charge sheet related to an alleged land deal in Mohali to the MHA but will also separately take up certain issues that could prick Virk and build a solid case against him. The issues include his alleged admission of having harboured renegade militants to fight militancy in Punjab; the recovery of 11 kg of RDX from Jalandhar in the days ahead of the assembly elections in Punjab; and how his brother, Col R.D.S. Virk (retd), allegedly got approved a mega project while the land in question was owned by S.S. Virk in Zirakpur (near Chandigarh).

Police officials, however, pointed out that a decision on the charge sheet would be taken by the MHA as also on his suspension ordered by the Punjab government. 



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