Shimla: Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to file an affidavit in the connection with suspended IAS officer Subhash Ahluwalia, who is facing corruption charges in disproportionate assets case.

The court also ordered the Centre to produce Himachal government application seeking permission from Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) to prosecute Ahluwalia under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The court has asked the Centre to explain through an affidavit the opinion made by the CVC in connection with prosecution sanction for Ahluwalia.

It also asked the Central government counsel whether any recommendation by the CVC was binding on the prosecution department for processing a case for prosecution sanction. The next date of hearing in matter has been fixed for December 23.

The Central government on Monday gave a clean chit to senior IAS officer Subhash Ahluwalia and refused to grant permission to prosecute him in a disproportionate asset case.

Himachal Pradesh government had suspended Subhash Ahluwalia in October after he was arrested by the state’s Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau.

The court also sought the information from the Centre with regard to the stage of processing of proposal with respect to the prosecution of Sanjay Gupta, another IAS officer.

The Centre has sought time from the court to file its response.

JPN/Bureau