Police remand of Himachal Pradesh bureaucrat extended

October 16th, 2008 - 8:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Oct 16 (IANS) A Himachal Pradesh court Thursday extended till Oct 20 the police remand of senior bureaucrat Subhash Ahluwalia arrested last week for alleged corruption.”Special district and sessions judge J.L. Gupta has extended the police remand of Subhash Ahluwalia, who was principal private secretary to former chief minister Virbhadra Singh, till Oct 20,” Ashok Sharma, a spokesperson for the vigilance bureau, told IANS.

Ahluwalia, a 1989 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, was charged with amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income and has been in police remand since Oct 9.

He was arrested by the vigilance bureau from his residence in Haryana’s Panchkula town Oct 8.

He and his wife, Meera, have been under the bureau’s scanner since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came into power in January this year.

Ahluwalia is accused of misusing state funds to amass unaccounted assets during his tenure as principal secretary to the chief minister.

The bureau had pointed out that more than Rs.13.4 million were deposited in 16 accounts held by Ahluwalia, his wife and their two children, who are living in the US.

The bureau has also made assessment of properties owned by Ahluwalia in Shimla, Panchkula, Kansal near Chandigarh and Gurgaon.

Since his arrest, Ahluwalia has been admitted to the Shimla’s Indira Gandhi Medical College after complains of discomfort in the chest and high sugar levels.

The judge had reserved his order on the bail petition since Monday.

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