Kumar Vs. Om Prakash Chautala & Anr  Insc
341 (13 May 2005)
R.C. Lahoti, D.M. Dharmadhikari & G.P. Mathur
T.C.(Crl.) No.7/2004 Sanjiv Kumar . Petitioner Versus Union of India & Ors. .Respondents WITH Criminal M.P.
Nos. 2322/2005 & 13518/2004 In W.P. (Crl.) No.93/2003 Sanjiv Kumar .
Petitioner Versus State of Haryana & Ors. .Respondents R.C. Lahoti, CJI
Writ Petition (Criminal) No.93 of 2003 was filed by Sanjiv Kumar, an IAS
officer of the year 1985 complaining of large scale corruption and tampering of
records in filling up of about 4000 vacancies of JBT teachers in the State of Haryana.
of the writ petition, vide its order dated 25th November, 2003, this Court directed the complaint
to be investigated by the CBI.
the course of hearing of the writ petition, it was urged on behalf of the
petitioner, Sanjiv Kumar that in order to build pressure on him, certain
offences were registered and departmental proceedings initiated against him
wherein he did not expect a fair investigation or inquiry so long as the matter
was dealt with by the local officials. He reposed faith in CBI and submitted
that whatever proceedings/investigation of criminal nature are pending against
him could also be transferred to CBI.
this Court directed not only the investigation into the offence, the commission
whereof was complained by the petitioner, but also the
investigations/proceedings pending against him to be transferred to CBI. The
following five investigations/proceedings against the petitioner, Sanjiv Kumar
were entrusted to CBI :
F.I.R. No.312 dated 4.6.2002 under Section 406/409/468/471/477A/120 I.P.C. and
13(1) (c) (d) Prevention of Corruption Act, lodged under Police Station, Sector
Inquiry No.10 of 3.4.2001, Chandigarh,
for alleged misuse of official vehicles and mobile phone by the petitioner, Sanjiv
Kumar, leading to registration of criminal case under Section 13(1)(d) of
Prevention of Corruption Act.
Inquiry No.31 dated 10.8.2001, Chandigarh,
regarding appointment of 36 officials under D.P.E.P. by the petitioner
resulting in alleged financial loss of Rs.22,33,466 to the State Government.
Inquiry No.38 dated 20.9.2001, Chandigarh,
regarding financial irregularities committed by the petitioner in the projects
of various items amounting to over Rs.56 lakhs.
Inquiry No.16 dated 3.9.2002, Chandigarh,
regarding disproportionate assets against the petitioner.
28th June, 2004 the petitioner filed CCP No.448 of 2004 complaining of
violation of the order dated 25.11.2003 passed by this Court at the hands of
the then Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary of the State of Haryana. It was
submitted that certain departmental inquiry proceedings were initiated against
the petitioner for the purpose of bringing pressure on him so that there could
be no free investigation. Three departmental inquiry proceedings against the
petitioner were brought to the notice of the Court which are as under :-
dated 11.2.2002 for willful absence from duty.
dated 23.7.2002 for committing irregularities in making appointments while
posted as Project Director, Haryana Prathmik Shiksha Pariyojana Parishad.
dated 18.2.2003 for non-adjustment of an advance of Rs.22,000/- taken by him
from the Government.
petitioner insisted that the proceedings may be entrusted to any authority
other than the one under the State Government. He solicited an order of the
Court for entrusting the proceedings to be held by the Central Vigilance
Commission (for short the 'CVC'). The learned Solicitor General appeared for
the CBI and the CVC and stated that the CVC was agreeable to have the
proceedings entrusted to it so that they could be expeditiously and fairly
conducted. The Court directed the abovesaid 3 departmental inquiry proceedings
to be entrusted to the CVC in terms of the following directions:- "It is
directed that the 3 inquiries referred to hereinabove shall be entrusted to the
C.V.C. who shall take up the proceedings from the stage at which they are.
Before proceeding ahead, the C.V.C. shall examine if the inquiries have been
properly and regularly held up to this stage. In case he feels it necessary to
reopen the inquiries and hold afresh he shall be at liberty to do so. The
proceedings may be conducted by the C.V.C. himself or by a senior officer in
his establishment to whom he may wish to entrust the inquiries." On
23.8.2004, during the course of hearing and consequently in its order, the Court
noted that there were in all 8 complaints pending with the State against the
petitioner. Of these, 5 complaints were subject matter of inquiry/investigation
by the CBI, the details whereof are mentioned in the order of this Court dated
25.11.2003 and there were 3 departmental inquiry proceedings, the details
whereof are mentioned in the order of this Court dated 6.8.2004 and which had
stood transferred to CVC in terms of the orders of this Court. There were no
other departmental inquiries or criminal complaints pending against the
Court directed the Status Report to be called for.
22.9.2004 the petitioner, Sanjiv Kumar filed a writ petition in the High Court
of Delhi impleading
(i) Union of India,
Department of Public Grievances,
Director, CBI and
Chief Vigilance Commissioner, as respondents.
complained of unfairness in the investigation and sought for the relief of the
investigating officer, Shri Harbhajan Ram, SP, CBI being replaced by "a
fresh team headed by officers of impeccable integrity and character working
under the supervision and monitoring of the respondent no.4/CVC."
petition on the request of the parties was directed to be transferred to this
Court. On 18.2.2005, Crl.M.P. No. 2322 of 2005 was filed in this Court wherein
the petitioner sought for orders of this Court "constituting a Special
Investigation Team (SIT) headed by a retired IPS Officer who would co-opt other
serving officers of unimpeachable integrity under the supervision and monitoring
of this Court in order to investigate the issues involved in the petition or in
the alternative direct that a fresh team of Officers from the CBI to be
constituted to investigate this case." Status Reports of investigation
have been filed from time to time. On 14.3.2005 we had taken up the matter in
the Chamber for the purpose of ascertaining the progress of the cases under
investigation with the CBI. Shri U.S. Misra, Director, CBI assisted by Ms. S. Sundari
Nanda, DIG, CBI were present with all the relevant records. A summary of the
investigation details prepared by the Director, CBI for the convenience of the
Court was handed over which was directed to be placed in a sealed cover.
learned ASG on 10th
May, 2005 filed two
charts of Status of Cases with the CBI and with the CVC which are as under :
OF CASES WITH CBI, RELATING TO SHRI SANJIV
KUMAR, IAS (REF. Order dated 25.11.2003 passed in Writ Petition (Crl.)
No.93/2003) SR. NO.
No.State Vigilance/UT Police Chandigarh CBI Case No. and Date of Registration
Writ Petition (Crl.) No.93 of 2003 in the matter of State of Haryana & others.
relating to appointment of JBT Teachers by Haryana Govt. in the year 2000.
(A)/2003-ACU- IX dated 12.12.2003 P.E. converted into RC.3(A)/2004 ACU- IX on
24.5.2004. The case is in the final stage of investigation.
R.N. Azad, Additional Supdt. Of Police
No.312 dated 4.6.2002 of PS Sector 17C, Chandigarh relating to alleged irregularities/corruption in printing of text
IX dated 27.1.2004 In final stage of investigation I.O. : Sh. R. Singh, Dy.Supdt.
Inquiry No.38 dated 20.9.2001 of State Vigilance Bureau, Haryana, relating to
the alleged irregularities committed in purchase of various items under DPEP.
IX dated 27.1.2004 On completion of the Enquiry, the P.E. was converted into
R.C.2(A)/2005-ACU- IX on 17.2.2005. Case is under investigation.
Sh. M.K. Bhat Additional Supdt. Of Police
Enquiry No.16 dated 3.9.2002 Chandigarh, relating to alleged possession of
disproportionate assets PE.3(A)/2004-ACU- IX dated 27.1.2004 On completion of
Enquiry, the P.E. was converted into RC.3(A)/2005-ACU- IX on 17.2.2005. Case is
Sh. M.K. Bhat, Additional Supdt. Of Police
No.293/2003 dated 30.6.2003 PS Sector 17C,Chandigarh registered on the basis of Inquiry No.10 of 3.4.2001, Chandigarh, relating to alleged misuse of
official vehicle and mobile phone.
IX dated 27.1.2004 Since no material warranting prosecution was revealed during
investigation, Closure Report was filed on 21.8.2004 in the Court of Special
Judge for CBI Cases, Chandigarh and is pending for acceptance self contained
Note, containing the result of investigation, sent to Chief Secretary, Govt. of
Haryana on 20.8.2004, for such action as deemed fit.
Inquiry No.31 dated 10.8.2001, Chandigarh, relating to the alleged
irregularities committed in the appointment of staff in DPEP (District Primary
Education Project) PE.1(A)/2004-ACU- IX dated 27.1.2004 Enquiry completed and
SP's Report recommending RDA for major penalty sent on 7.10.2004 to Chief
Secretary, Govt. of Haryana and Central Vigilance Commission.
of cases entrusted with the CVC ANNEXURE Sl. No.
Sheet dated Gist of Allegations Inquiry Officer Present Status 1 11.02.02
Willful absence from duty.
alleged that Shri Sanjeev Kumar on the expiry of EL granted to him from
22.05.2001 to 26.06.2001 did not join duty and thus over stayed his sanctioned
leave & absented himself from 27.06.2001 till the issuance of C/S on
Y.P. Rai, CDI, CVC.
completed and report sent to Chief Secretary Haryana on 03.03.2005.
18.02.03 Non adjustment of advance of Rs.22,000/-. It is alleged that Shri S.
Kumar was sanctioned an amount of Rs.22,000/- as TA for performing his duty as
an Election Observer during the month of April-May 2001. Shri S.Kumar however
failed to adjust the TA advance in contravention of rule 3(1) of All India
Service Conduct Rules 1968.
Kumar, CDI, CVC.
completed & Report submitted to Chief Secretary, Government of Haryana on
23.07.02 Irregularities in making appointments while posted as Project Director,
Haryana Prathmik Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad. CBI also submitted SP's Report in
PE No.1(A)/2004 of CBI/ACU-IX dated 27.01.2004 ------- In view of new facts
that emerged out of CBI's Report the CVC has filed a Miscellaneous Petition in
the Hon'ble Supreme Court, as stated by Shri P.Parmeswaran, Government
Advocate, Supreme Court of India, praying therein to direct the Govt. of Haryana
to modify/alter the charged framed against Shri Sanjeev Kumar vide C/S dated
have heard the learned counsel for the petitioner in the presence of the
petitioner and the learned Additional Solicitor General. We have also perused
the latest Status Report made available by the CBI. Having perused the Status
Report as also the information which was made available to the Court by the
Director and the DIG of CBI (reference: proceedings held on 14.3.2005), we are
satisfied that the investigations into all the matters entrusted to the CBI
whether on complaint made by the petitioner or on complaints made against him
are proceeding satisfactorily. The petitioner had some grievance against Shri Harbhajan
Ram, the then investigating officer of CBI. But it is pointed out that the said
investigating officer has suffered some injury and the investigation has
already been transferred and entrusted to some other officer. The Status Report
and the information given by the officers of the CBI is to the effect that all
the investigations related to this case are being handled with the requisite
care and caution and inasmuch as the investigation is being held under the
directions of this Court, an Officer of DIG rank is continuously monitoring the
progress of the investigation conducted by different investigating officers and
the Director of CBI is being apprised of the progress from time to time. This
takes care of the grievance, if any, of the petitioner which was against the
then investigating officer, Harbhajan Ram. Ex abudanti cautela we clarify that
the present investigating officer who has replaced Shri Harbhajan Ram would review
the investigation done by his predecessor and would conduct further
investigation or carry out re-investigation if he feels the need for doing so
after apprising his superior officers or if directed to do so by them.
not think the present case calls for a Special Investigation Team (SIT) being
constituted and the investigation being taken away from the CBI and entrusted
to any Special Investigation Team.
also be noted that political scenario in the State of Haryana has undergone a drastic change.
During the pendency of these proceedings, elections have taken place in the
State of Haryana. The then Chief Minister, against
whom the petitioner had grievance has been voted out of power and a new Chief
Minister and a new Government have come in power.
considering the totality of the facts and circumstances of the cases, Contempt
Petition (Civil) No. 448/2004, Criminal M.P. Nos. 2322/2005, 13518/2004 in W.P.(Crl.)
No.93/2003 and Transfer Case (Crl.) No. 7/2004 are disposed of in terms of the
following directions :-
The Departmental Inquiry proceedings against the petitioner shall be concluded
by the CVC and proceeded to their logical end in accordance with law.
the matter of Department Inquiry relating to irregularities in making
appointments while posted as Project Director, Haryana Prathmik Shiksha Pariyojana
Parishad. (PE No.1(A)/2004 dated 27.1.2004), the CVC has sought for a direction
to the Government of Haryana to modify or alter the charges framed against the
petitioner, Sanjiv Kumar. The State Government shall be free to take decision
on the communication received from the CVC in the matter of
modification/alteration of the charges.
21.2.2005 this Court had directed that the petitioner shall not be arrested and
no proceedings against him shall be filed by the CBI except by the leave of the
court. That order stands vacated. However, the petitioner shall not be arrested
or called for interrogation except after apprising the Director, CBI. No
harassment shall be caused to the petitioner and any action taken against the
petitioner shall be promptly brought to the notice of the competent Court
having jurisdiction over the case.
are not inclined to take cognizance and initiate any contempt proceedings on
the petition filed by the petitioner in that regard.