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An anonymous letter delivered at the residence of all Haryana babus caused quite a flutter this week.

Written by Express News Service |
January 2, 2012 12:42:46 am

Letter bomb

An anonymous letter delivered at the residence of all Haryana babus caused quite a flutter this week. The letter contained expansive details of the corrupt deals of two senior IAS officers of the state. The details became the topic of hot,hushed conversation in the corridors of the Haryana Secretariat. Going by the details given in the letter,many believed that it may even be true. However,nobody went forward to bell the big cats.


The lavish construction in the houses of two senior Haryana bureaucrats has raised eyebrows. One of them,part of the chief minister’s coterie,is said to have got three Jacuzzis installed in his official residence,causing not just severe water shortage in the neighbourhood,but severe heartburn too. In the house of the other officer,plush interior decorations have sprung up. The kind-hearted babu has extended his generosity to the road outside as well,which now sports beautiful tiles. Love thy neighbourhood,as they say.

PR woes

The Haryana Department of Public Relations stays in news often for the wrong reasons. Now,two senior Haryana IAS officers heading the department in different capacities are at each others’ neck,embroiled in a bitter turf war. The proposal made by one is promptly dismissed by the other. Any request made by the latter meets a similar fate at the hands of the first one. The juniors are watching the tamasha with dismay,not knowing which side to take.

All for free

The middle-rank officers,mainly dealing with the excise and taxation departments and police,had sleepless nights this week — particularly during the weekend — as they have to “please” senior IAS officers by getting them good discounts while shopping. Not this only,the “discount” (the figure at times touching 100 %) also includes lunches,dinners,new year party bashes at 5-star and discotheques in the city. A senior Haryana cadre IAS officer was seen moving around in Sector 17 of Chandigarh with a fleet of officers,who were not only bargaining with shopkeepers on his behalf but also carrying his “hefty” shopping bags. This is not all. The officers got frantic and endless calls from their superiors towards the weekend,for arranging food coupons and entry passes to the best of the elite New Year parties. Who says there are no free lunches?

Security at ‘Home’

When the securitymen of the whole state are at your disposal,the family is bound to enjoy the “security cover”. A senior Haryana minister,who is attached with Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda,is a classic example of making “adequate usage” of the state’s securitymen. The minister’s brother,who is a businessman and based at Sirsa district,has been provided with a security cover of over a dozen armed police personnel,including commandos. The businessman not only moves around with gunmen even in the marketplaces,but also an entire cavalcade of nearly half a dozen cars with red beacons atop the vehicles and blaring sirens.

A hurried departure

Such was the hurry to join his new place of posting (Gujarat High Court) that Justice Mohinder Pal did not even wait to receive a farewell neither from the high court judges nor from the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association. Very few judges from the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the past have left without a farewell. On the other hand,members of the Gujarat High Court Bar Association were shocked when they learnt that their new judge (Justice Pal) is taking oath on December 30 — the last working day of the court before the winter vacation. The court reopens on January 9. It might be mentioned here that Justice Pal was given time to join Gujarat High Court on or before January 10. “What was the tearing hurry to take oath during vacations? He should have waited for the court to reopen,” quipped a senior member of Gujarat High Court Bar.

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