Chairman of State Electricity Board and Chief Managing Director of Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited and IAS officer Harikesh Meena have lodged an FIR against an unknown person for producing a false and malicious letter against him circulating to an unknown person for damaging his image through social media.
The First Information Report (FIR-180/23) was registered at Police Station West (Bioleuganj) under sections 500 & 505(2) of IPC on August 22, 2023, on the complaint of Harikesh Meena residents of Oak Cottage Lower Chakker Near Printing Press Shimla.
IAS officer stated in the first information that some unknown person produced the false and malicious letter and circulated it in different channels to damage his image through social media.
According to a police officer, Sub-inspector Jeet Ram is investigating the case.
It is worthwhile to mention here that soon after the letter went viral on August 18 Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu’s government also instituted a probe to find out the truth as his government had been also accused of raising party funds through proceed of illegal means from power firms in lieu of handing contracts to it.
The alleged letter is reportedly addressed to CBI director Parveen Sood accusing the IAS officer of forcing employees of HPPCL to facilitate a power firm constructing a power project belonging to the public sector unit.
It is not the first occasion when such a letter surfaced in circulation on social media but a similar complaint had been addressed to the prime minister also accusing Congress government and its bureaucracy to implicit in alleged activities.
Neither CBI nor any state agencies responded to such sensitive and wild allegations against the state bureaucracy and top officials affiliated with CMO to give a clean chit to such allegations.
It is worthwhile to mention that hydro projects and smart meter installation multi-billion deals not only simmering unrest among the Himachal Pradesh Power company employees and state electricity board but consumers in the country especially in Union Territory Jammu are armed up against the government agencies.
The FIR accusations made by Harikesh Meena that the author of the letters is unknown also verify the fact that no person Anmol Singh Thakur as Assistant Manager exists in HPPCL. The contents of the letters could not be verified as the complaint who is named in the letter didn’t reveal his actual name.
Lodging of FIR in the matter also verified the facts that the IAS officer was not involved in the illicit proceeds of money from the private company engaged in billion-dollar hydro projects.
After taking over the charge recently CBI director Parveen Sood have already directed all the state and branches of Investigation agency to mainly give more priority to scams related to financial frauds including bank loan and big graft charges.
However CBI may take cognizance in the matter as funding or borrowing made by HPPCL is also linked to union government consent and returning and liabilities of loans to international agencies for hydro projects also bear by the government of India beside state government.