7 days after getting report on Jaggi, Govt sits on it

It took the state government just three days to order the suspension of Malwinder Singh Jaggi, former Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Commissioner, following charges of misuse of power. But now that the final report has been submitted on the issue, there is nothing but silence. It was on July 13 that the news of Jaggi's wife Indervir Kaur misbehaving with a vegetable vendor was highlighted by various newspapers.

Kamleshpal, the vegetable vendor who has since then first withdrawn his statement and then once again stuck to it, alleged that he was being harassed by the tehbazaari team of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation for the last four to five days after one of his workers had asked Kaur to select the lady finger of her own choice after she rejected those selected by the worker. The vendor was not being allowed to set up his stall after the incident.

A couple of days later the state government, acting swiftly, suspended the officer after conducting a preliminary inquiry which was done by ADGP (Intelligence) H S Dhillon.

Following this, the state government handed over a detailed inquiry into the issue to Patiala Divisional Commissioner A S Pannu. According to Pannu, "It is now a week since I have submitted the final report to Chief Secretary. The matter is with the state government now."

The state government, which was patting its back, for having taken action against a senior officer so quickly just to ensure that no one gets away with misusing power, is still to come out with the final report and the subsequent action. Why is the matter taking so long is any one's guess.

"My task was to submit the report which I have done. Any action, if it has to be taken, will now be done by the state government after the report is read and so on," added Pannu.

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