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HP Secretariat Admin suspends an official in Sanitisers deal

Shimla, May 29 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Secretariat General Administration on Friday suspended a Superintendent in a Sanitiser deal after finding his role in departmental probe.
Secretary of General Administration Mr Devesh Kumar confirmed that Rajiv Sharma who is Superintendent of
R and I Branch of state Secretariat suspended today.
The action has been taken in the matter before the completion of Vigilance Probe in the matter as during the
departmental probe suspended officer forced the contractors of Sanitisers to level the exorbitant prices level
on the consignment.
During the probe it has found that Superintendent Rajiv Sharma forced the contractors to level Rs 130 price on the 50 ML bottle of sanitisers supplied for the secretariat purpose however contractor refused to do so . The Contractors asked the officer that central government fixed the price of 50 ml sanitiser bottle upto Rs 50 but the officer keep on insisting him.
The officer called the supplier in the branch and asked him in his presence to put the seal of Rs 130 on the consignment in his presence. Departmental probe found the entry of Contractors and officer and exit from the state secretariat after scanning CCTV footage of the building.
Now the matter likely to probe by the state vigilance department to book and the amount embezzled against the
alleged deal.
Congress and Opposition party has pointed out the supply of substandard sanitisers to the secretariat employees and PPE kits in Bilaspur district.
On May 20 State Director Health Service Dr Ajay Gupta was arrested by the state vigilance and Anti corruption Bureau on the basis of audio clip about Rs five lakh bribe in Rs one Crore PPE kits deal from a supplier of Derabasi . The DHS is arrested and in police remand.
The SV& ACB likely to arrest some more people in the case on the basis of the probe.
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