Shimla, Feb 4
Himachal Pradesh High Court has stayed the order of Special Judge (Forest) to lodge a Vigilance probe against Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Jagdish Sharma here. He is facing allegations of corruption and disportionate assets of his sources of income.
The vacation bench of Himachal Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Anoop Chitkara allowed to stay the order of Special Judge Forest court to lodge a vigilance probe against the IAS on the matter.
Special Judge Forest court had ordered the vigilance probe in the matter of Criminal Miscellaneous Application on Jan 20,, 2021 in Geeta Singh versus Additional Superintendent case in which Sharma who is currently serving as Pr. Secy to CM was alleged for charges of corruption and DA assets.
Spl court forest had issued notice to State Vegillance and Anti-corruption Bureau ordering the agency to comply with order fixing the matter till March 26, 2021 in the court.
In one page order High court said that the matter be fixed before appropriate bench on March 26, 2021.
Geeta Singh who was caught in bribe case, also accused Sharma for being indulged in corruption case and allegedly buying lands without the knowledge of government.
Former excise and taxation Officer went in the court seeking probe against the IAS officer. Vigilance had conducted the probe twice in the allegations but she was not satisfied with the investigation.
Spl judge in its order passed recently has also included the applicant in the case directing the SV&ACB to respond to it with in notice of two days and complete the probe till March 26, 2021.
Sharma moved in the high court seeking the protection from the spl court immpunged order on Tuesday.