10 Haryana-cadre officers, five each from the IAS and the IPS, besides several police and civil officers, may face action in view of their indictment by the Prakash Singh Committee for dereliction of duty during the violence in the Jat agitation in February this year.
Sources said that the officers were served notices on the basis of the report and they have submitted their replies to the government. These replies are being examined before action is initiated though the possibility of appointing an inquiry officer to examine each case is also being considered by the government.
Sources say while the Chief Secretary’s office is studying the individual replies of IAS officers to the allegations made against them in the Prakash Singh Committee report, those of the IPS and Haryana Police Service (HPS) officers have been received by the Home Department and put up for a decision to the Chief Minister’s Office.
While action is being contemplated against the then DCs of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat, Hisar and Kaithal among the IAS officers, the IPS officers in the line of fire include the then IGP, Rohtak Range, who has already been issued a charge sheet as also the then SPs of Jind, Sonepat, Panipat and Kaithal. Six HCS and 18 HPS officers are facing proceedings.
Sources in the government said while some of the IAS officers have submitted preliminary replies, a few others sought a detailed account of the allegations made against them while others asked for the records available to frame their replies. “These are being considered in view of the allegations made. No conclusion has been arrived at so far,” the sources said.
“As far as action against the police officers is concerned, the government has received the replies of those indicted in the report. However, the government is considering appointing an inquiry officer to look into the allegations and replies received before arriving at any conclusion,” an officer stated.
While notices and charge sheets were served to police officers in June-July after Prakash Singh submitted his report in May, the CS’ office issued notices to IAS officers in mid-August.
These notices were essentially the government’s attempt to buy time to placate the “upset” officers who openly criticised the Prakash Singh Committee for failing to give them a “fair hearing”.