Judicial remand for senior Himachal Pradesh bureaucratOctober 20th, 2008 - 9:19 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, Oct 20 (IANS) A Himachal Pradesh court Monday sent senior bureaucrat Subhash Ahluwalia to 14 days of judicial remand. He was arrested by the vigilance bureau from Haryana’s Panchkula town earlier this month on charges of corruption.”Special district and sessions judge J.L. Gupta sent Ahluwalia, who was principal private secretary to former chief minister Virbhadra Singh, to judicial remand for 14 days,” sources in the vigilance bureau told IANS.
Ahluwalia had been in police custody since his arrest Oct 8.
Ahluwalia, a 1989 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, has been charged with illegally amassing wealth.
Immediately after his arrest, the bureaucrat was admitted to a hospital following complaints of severe pain in the chest.
On Saturday night, he was discharged from Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) after a medical board examined him.
But soon after his discharge, he again complained of pain in the chest. After a few hours, he was again admitted to Indus Hospital, a private institution, on the demand of his relatives.
“This evening (Monday) the judge also turned down the request of Ahluwalia’s counsel regarding his medical examination at the PGI in Chandigarh,” source said.
“The judge has asked counsel of the accused that their plea of his examination at the PGI would be taken up after the expiry of judicial remand,” source said.
During the recent raids at Ahluwalia’s residence, the vigilance had seized documents, including several fixed deposit receipts, bank papers and shares. A laptop and desktop computer were also seized.
The bureau also laid its hands on 16 bank accounts having more than Rs.13.4 million in the name of the Ahluwalias.
It has also made assessment of properties owned by the Ahluwalias in Shimla, Panchkula, Kansal near Chandigarh and Gurgaon.