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Alld High Court dismisses appeal of IAS officers

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Published on 24 Feb 2016 12:42 PM GMT

Alld High Court dismisses appeal of IAS officers
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Allahabad: In a set back to former Chief Secretary of UP, Neera Yadav and senior IAS officer Rajeev Kumar, the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday dismissed their criminal appeal filed against their conviction order under Prevention of corruption Act passed by the CBI Court at Ghaziabad.

The CBI Court had convicted them on November 20, 2012 and sentenced for three years rigorous imprisonment with fine. Justice Harsh Kumar dismissed their criminal appeal as the Court found their guilt proved by saying that no cogent evidence was found for their acquittal from the charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

It might be recalled that Mrs Yadav and Rajeev Kumar were convicted and sentenced to three tears rigorous imprisonment, when they were posted and chairman and Dy . CEO respectively at Noida authority. They were convicted under section 13(2), 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The charges against both of them were that they had committed gross irregularities in allotment of plots and lands in Noida and Greater Noida during there tenure.

Both the officer had challenged their order of conviction and sentence by filing criminal appeals in the Allahabad High Court.Earlier the High Court on their appeals had stayed their conviction and sentence during the pendency of the criminal appeal. On Wednesday, high Court dismissed their criminal appeal.

It is also to recall that former DGP of Punjab and Commissioner of Police Julio F Ribeiro and several other ex-IPS officers have filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) , seeking removal of Rajeev Kumar a senior IAS officer from the post of principal secretary (appointment) . The ground of challenge is that an IAS officer convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act should be posted as principal secretary (appointment) in UP, which is a sensitive post. The PIL is pending consideration before a division bench of the High Court while rajiv Kumar has been removed from the post and posted at non-sensitive post.

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