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Punjab govt protests repatriation of Virk
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
As expected, the Punjab government today adopted a tough posture against the Government of India and protested the premature repatriation of former DGP S.S.Virk.

Punjab chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh today shot off a letter to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, saying the MHA should not have permitted Virk to join his parent cadre of Maharashtra, as he was under suspension in Punjab. The CS has sought a review of the decision. Virk joined duties in Mumbai on Friday evening.

The CS said, “We have come to learn from that Virk has reported for duty to government of Maharashtra. Since he was under suspension by the Punjab government, there is no basis to permit him to join in any other office.” Virk cannot join his duties anywhere else, as his headquarters during the period of suspension has been fixed as the office of the DGP, Punjab. A text of the letter was released by a spokesperson here tonight.

It further says that the decision of the Government of India needs to be reviewed, as it is in violation of the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968, and Inter-state deputation rules under the Indian Police Services (Cadre) Rules, 1954.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had asked the chief secretary to take up the issue on reading media reports that Virk joined duties in Maharashtra. Under normal circumstances, Virk’s deputation period would have ended on May 7. It may be mentioned that The Tribune had reported in its edition of April 13 that Virk had been asked to join back his parent cadre. He had been on deputation for more than 20 years.

The chief secretary had told the MHA that Virk was DGP, Punjab, when the Election Commission of India took notice of his conduct in view of the press reports exposing some property deals and directed the state government to remove him from the post of DGP, Punjab. The EC came to the conclusion that the DGP may be removed from his post in the interest of free and fair conduct of elections in the state.

Virk was involved in a benami land transaction and serious violation of the conduct rules. A property transaction of over Rs 1 crore came to the notice of the state government and he was placed under suspension and due intimation was given to the Government of India also. A chargesheet has since been issued to him.

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