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Cases on against 43 officials

Guwahati, April 5: Dispur today told the Assam Assembly that 15 bureaucrats and 28 police officers of the state were currently facing trial on various charges, including criminal ones.

Labour and employment minister Prithibi Majhi informed the Assembly on behalf of the government that the list of IAS officers against whom disciplinary cases were pending included Alok Khare, P.C. Gohain and Simanta Thakuria. He said retired officers C.K. Sharma, G.P. Phatowali and J.S.L. Vasava were also on the list.

He was replying to a short notice question by AGP legislator Phani Bhusan Choudhury.

While Gohain is facing charges of committing irregularities in issuing permanent resident certificates by violating government norms, Vasava has been accused of getting married for the second time without separating from the first wife.

Though the Guwahati bench of Central Administrative Tribunal last year quashed Dispurís order of disciplinary proceedings against Vasava, the state government has decided to challenge the tribunalís order in Gauhati High Court.

Majhi said the list of IAS officers against whom criminal cases were pending include A.K. Bhutani, A.S. Tiwari, Hemanta Narzary and Alok Khare. Criminal cases are also pending against retired officers Gayatri Baruah, M.C. Brahma, K.N. Buragohain, L. Phanchoo and Prem Saran.

All of them are facing criminal charges of committing irregularities in executing the low-cost greenhouse-cum-rain shelter scheme.

Majhi said after considering the report of the chief ministerís special vigilance cell, Assam, and views of the advocate general of Assam, it was decided not to proceed criminally against these IAS officers and accordingly, the governmentís decision was conveyed to the appropriate authority. ďBut despite denial of sanction for prosecution of these officers, police submitted chargesheets in the court of special judge, Assam. The officers, however, filed criminal petitions in Gauhati High Court and the matter is now pending in court,Ē he said.

On other hand, replying to another short notice question put by Choudhury, forest minister Rakibul Hussain informed the Assembly on behalf of the government that 28 Assam police officers were facing trial on various charges.

The accused officers are Diganta Bora, Anurag Tankha, Raghabandra Awasthi, Randip Kumar Baruah, N. Mahanta, Pankaj Sarma, Mahesh Chand Sarma, Nandan Sarma, Imdadul Haque Bora, Rahul Amin, Mantu Thakuria, Krishna Kanta Das, Madan Chetia, B.K. Mishra, Ajai Kumar Jally, Apurba Jiban Baruah, Dulen Chandra Deka, Y.T. Gasto, P.J. Barua, Fakhrul Islam, Nanda Singh, Surajit Singh Paneshwar, Rupeswar Borghain, Harekrishna Deka, Nityananda Goswami, Sanjib Kumar Saikia, Bolin Deuri and Dilip Barua.