Jharkhand chief secretary on leave after graft charge

February 25th, 2008 - 7:20 pm ICT by admin  


Ranchi, Feb 25 (IANS) Jharkhand Chief Secretary P.P. Sharma, facing corruption charges, Monday proceeded on a month’s leave. Amitabh Chaudhary, Inspector General of Police of the Crime Investigation Department (CID), Feb 14 had sought prosecution of Sharma in a corruption case pending in a Patna court.

The budget session of the Jharkhand assembly is beginning from Wednesday and the opposition has decided to raise the issue.

According to sources in the government, Chief Minister Madhu Koda asked Sharma to proceed on leave after four ministers threatened to boycott a cabinet meeting.

The four leaders are Human Resource Development Minister Bandhu Tirkey, Rural Development Minister Enos Ekka, Health Minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi and Social Welfare Minister Jobha Manjhi.

Animal Husbandry Department (AHD) Secretary A.K. basu has been made acting chief secretary.

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