Written & Edited By : Aditi Mishra
7 January 2022 ( New Delhi) : Punjab Civil Services officers will go on a five-day mass casual leave from Monday in protest against the “illegal” arrest of a colleague in Ludhiana by the State Vigilance Bureau. This decision was taken by the Punjab Civil Services Officers Association on Sunday. The bureau had said that PCS officer Narinder Singh Dhaliwal was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau on Friday on charges of accepting bribe from transporters to avoid challaning of the offending vehicles.
Dhaliwal was posted as Regional Transport Authority (RTA) in Ludhiana. The PCS Officers’ Association held its general body meeting to discuss Dhaliwal’s arrest. As per the resolution of the association, 80 PCS officers attended the meeting. It added, “The PCS officer has been arrested illegally, wrongfully and arbitrarily and without due process.”
In the meeting, it was decided that all PCS officers of the state would go on mass casual leave for the coming week starting from January 9. Also said that a memorandum will be submitted to Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann in this regard.
Also said that a memorandum will be submitted to Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann in this regard.
The association demanded the government set up a high-powered committee to probe the “illegal” arrest of Dhaliwal and sought its report by January 13. The committee has been sought to include senior IAS officers of the rank of principal secretary as well as a PCS officer and representatives of the transport department. The resolution said further course of action would depend on the review of the situation on January 14.
The Vigilance Bureau had on Friday said that during the investigation of a complaint lodged through the Chief Minister’s anti-corruption helpline on November 18, it was found that Dhaliwal was receiving kickbacks through some private persons from various transporters in Ludhiana on a monthly basis. were involved in On not cutting the challan of their vehicles.