June,26,2015: A retired IAS officer from Haryana cadre, who was given a clean chit 24 long years after being named in a corruption case by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), is now seeking financial damages worth Rs 18.82 crore from the state’s former chief secretary and retired CBI officials.
A K Sinha was accused of receiving a bribe of Rs 31,500 from a pesticide company during his term as the Director of Agriculture in the Haryana government in 1980-81.
The CBI registered a preliminary enquiry against him in 1987, while he was the commissioner and secretary to the state government, and the agency filed the chargesheet in 1990. After a 24-year-long legal battle, Sinha was acquitted by the Delhi High Court in September 2014.
The CBI had booked former IAS officer A K Sinha,the then regional manager of Punjab National Bank R L Vaid and former manager of the bank Y K Singla under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The case was registered on November 11,1990.
It was alleged that Sinha,who served as secretary in the Haryana Town Planning Department in 1981,had taken undue advantages from the bank in form of a housing loan sanctioned to his wife.
According to the prosecution,Rama Sinha was sanctioned a loan of Rs 2.75 lakh by the bank on the basis of a single offer letter. And the building constructed from the loan amount was given to the bank on rent.
The prosecution had further said that Sinha had promised the bank a plot in Sector 6,Panchkula,at a monthly rent of Rs 4,985. The application was processed by Singla and Vaid in violation of rules,the CBI had said.
The prosecution was not able to prove the charges and link it with the conspiracy as no irregularity was found in the case as alleged, defence counsel B K Sharma said.
Sinha had fought relentlessly to prove himself innocent in the over two-decade-long trial. The 1964-batch IAS officer has now moved a Chandigarh court, accusing five persons of falsely implicating him in the case and seeking financial damages from them. These include retired IPS officers (then with the CBI) Yashwant Malhotra, J N Parsad and Parshotam Lal, a retired Haryana IAS officer Kulwant Singh (the then chief secretary, Haryana) and Hyderabad resident Bhaskar Raj Saxena.
Since Kulwant Singh, one of those named in the case by Sinha, is a former IAS officer of Haryana cadre, current Chief Secretary Depinder Singh Dhesi has asked the office of the state Advocate General to defend him in court. Sinha, however, refused to comment on the case.