SHIMLA, April 7 -- Taking exception to the order passed by director of agriculture qua imposing only a minor penalty of censure upon the petitioner in a case of proven embezzlement of Rs.26.6 lakh in sale proceeds, the Himachal high court on Tuesday directed the director of agriculture to explain his position on the next date of hearing.

A division bench comprising Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Justice Chander Bhusan Barowalia passed these orders on a writ petition challenging the penalty order passed by the director. The petitioner has alleged that he has been mala fide involved in a fictitious case and even in the departmental inquiry initiated against him, no proper opportunity was afforded to him and no rules or principles of natu...