Punjab chief minister (CM) Amarinder Singh on Monday ordered the dismissal of the Punjab Civil Service (PCS) officer who was convicted by a court and sentenced to jail in a 2010 bribery case in September 2017.

An official spokesperson said PCS officer TK Goyal has been dismissed from service under Article 311 of Civil Service Rules. It was added that the CM took serious cognisance of the officer’s conviction and ordered his immediate removal from office.

The officer was sentenced last month to three years of rigorous imprisonment in the bribery case, that was reported when he was a joint secretary in the scheduled castes and backward classes (SC and BC) welfare department.

Goyal was arrested on 8 September 2010, under the Prevention of Corruption Act, from his office at the Chandigarh civil secretariat on a complaint by George Shambu of Begowal village in Kapurthala district, after he was caught “red-handed” while accepting Rs 50,000 for issuing an SC certificate, added the spokesperson. At present, the 1995 batch officer was posted as project director, Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), in addition to holding a charge as Joint Secretary, Higher Education.

The CM made it clear that there was no place in his administration against any person found indulging in corrupt practice. The CM has directed strict adherence to the law in all matters, without any compromise on his commitment to providing honest governance to the people of Punjab. Any violation of this directive would be dealt with an iron hand, he has once again warned, said the spokesperson.