Sessions court frames charges against former VC, Registrar in jobs on chits scam

Shimla: A session court has framed charges against a former vice-chancellor and registrar of Horticulture University, Solan in a case about handing out ‘jobs on chits scam’.

Sources in Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau confirmed that charges had been framed against LR Verma, a former VC and PS Kutleria, a former registrar of the university regarding handing out an out of turn appointment to one Sharmila Sharma in the institution. Charges against Sharma have also been framed.

When contacted, ADGP Vigilance Bureau KC Sadyal said that there were other cases regarding jobs on chit scam pending before courts.

The case which has political implications was registered in 2006 and the bureau had put a charge sheet before the court in 2009.

The scam pertains to 1993-1998 period, when a congress government led by Virbhdra Singh was in power and this happens to be the first case in which charges stand framed by a court in Solan.

As part of 1998 election campaign, BJP had come to power by making handing out jobs on chits as one of the major election issues.

Subsequently, the Prem Kumar Dhumal led government had instituted two committees that had established irregularities in recruitments made during the period as many were allegedly made on basis of recommendations made on chits by the previous government.

Investigation was handed over to the vigilance bureau, who had established that over 300 people had been provided out of turn jobs in the government sector on basis of recommendatory slips. Several officials, including senior IAS, figured in the investigation.

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