Punjab and Haryana High Court rejects bail plea of health officer - ECAS Punjab

Punjab and Haryana High Court rejects bail plea of health officer

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Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 28

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has denied bail to a District Health Officer facing allegations of taking illegal gratification from milk sellers, grocery shops and ghee factories for not drawing samples.

In his petition before the Bench of Justice Harnaresh Singh Gill, Dr Ramesh Kumar Maheshwari sought anticipatory bail in the FIR registered under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act at the Kotwali police station in Bathinda district.

Justice Gill observed the FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint submitted to the police by the Bathinda Civil Surgeon. It was also alleged that the petitioner would draw samples from shops of those not paying such gratification.

In this regard, an alleged conversation of more than 11 minutes of the petitioner with retired SMO Dr Satish Garg in the form of an audio recording went viral on the social media. A detailed inquiry was conducted and it was found in line with the contents of the audio CD. Accordingly, an FIR was registered after taking legal opinion. Justice Madaan said the allegations levelled against the petitioner were very serious. The audio that went viral in the matter was recorded by a retired SMO after his shopkeeper-brother was also asked to pay the illegal gratification. Besides, shopkeepers running the business of grocery, dairy sweets and even employees of the Food Safety Department made statements against the petitioner before the investigating agency.

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