CBI court ac­quits IAS of­fi­cer in print­ing scam

Trans­ac­tion of bribe money not proven in the case; 2 other of­fi­cials also dis­charged

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CHANDI­GARH: A CBI spe­cial court on Fri­day dis­charged the 1985-batch Haryana IAS of­fi­cer, San­jeev Ku­mar, in a case in­volv­ing an al­leged scam in print­ing of ban­ners and posters dur­ing his ten­ure as the state project co­or­di­na­tor of Haryana Prath­mik Shik­sha Pariy­o­jna Par­ishad (HPSPP).

The charges against Ku­mar were made in the charge sheets no. 3 and 4 of the case. The CBI had sub­mit­ted eight charge sheets in the case. How­ever, Ku­mar was al­ready ac­quit­ted in the four cases and dis­charged in three charge sheets.

In chargesheet no. 3, the CBI had charged Ku­mar-along with Ki­ran Mishra, the then dis­trict project co­or­di­na­tor, and JP Bhat­na­gar, a head clerk at HPSPP of­fice, dis­trict Jind- of cor­rup­tion in a Rs 2.28-crore ten­der for video-film­ing a project.

Mishra and Bhat­na­gar were also dis­charged by the CBI court on Fri­day.

Sim­i­lar charges were made in the charge sheet no. 4 against the same per­sons in which the CBI had charged them for al­leged fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the ten­ders floated for the posters and fold­ers for the project.

On Fri­day, Vi­neet Sehgal, one of the de­fense lawyers, ar­gued that the ac­cused should be dis­charged since the trans­ac­tion of bribe money had not been proven in the case.

Sehgal also ar­gued that the video-film­ing was done at 40% lesser cost than the prices pre­vail­ing then.

He also ar­gued that there was no dis­crep­ancy in the ten­ders, and only Ku­mar could not be held re­spon­si­ble for the dis­crep­ancy in the ten­ders, if any, as the ten­der com­mit­tee had ap­proved it.

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