Himachal court orders filing chargesheets in 1993-1998 recruitment scam

Shimla: An old recruitment scam pertaining to the 1993 – 1998 period drew the attention of the Himachal Pradesh court today with a division bench directing the government to file challan against accused persons in the matter of illegal recruitments, appointments made in various departments, boards, corporations and Universities within 4 weeks.

Hearing the application moved by SM Katwal, a former Chairman, HP Subordinate Services Selection Board about registering of FIR No. 1/2006 at Police Station Vigilance Shimla that even after the directions passed by the High Court on no investigation was being done into the alleged illegal recruitments case and no progress had been made in the case as court had stopped monitoring it after disposal of 7/2005 writ petition, the division bench comprising of Acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Kuldip Singh today directed the state to file challan against accused persons in the matter of illegal recruitments/appointments made from December 1993 to February 1998.

In the compliance report filed before the court today, the judges ordered that it be made part of the case file.

The compliance report stated that investigation into the case had been completed by December 2013.

After having conducted investigations in the matter in 60 departments, boards, corporations and Universities, chargesheets had been prepared in case of 6 departments, departmental action has been recommended in case of another 6 departments, departmental action could not be recommended due to retirement/death of officials in cases of 12 departments and closure had been recommended in cases of 36 departments, the compliance report stated.

The court also directed that the earlier two compliance reports kept in the sealed cover with the Registrar General of H.P. High Court be returned to Mr JK Verma, Deputy Advocate General, to present challan / Police report(s) in terms of Section 173 Cr.P.C. before the court(s) of competent jurisdiction.

The court, however, in another case filed by Mr SM Katwal praying for getting the investigation into the case conducted by any other independent agency outside the state and to direct the state to appoint an independent and impartial Investigating Officer for investigation into the case, the judges directed the petitioner to justify maintainability of the writ petition before posting the case to March 18 for next hearing.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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