The committee will give its report in four months and after that the court will issue an order on recruitment. In such a situation, now the sword hangs on this recruitment.
The Punjab-Haryana High Court has ordered the formation of a three-member committee headed by the Home Secretary in view of prima facie rigging in the records related to the examination conducted for the recruitment of 20 inspectors in the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in 2009. The committee will give its report in four months and after that the court will issue an order on recruitment. In such a situation, now the sword hangs on this recruitment.
Filing the petition, Amit, a resident of Karnal, told the High Court that in 2009, the Haryana government had recruited 20 inspectors. Of these, 9 posts were of general category. The petitioner stated that he had secured 145 marks in the written examination and was the topper. There was a lot of rigging in the recruitment to get the favorites appointed.
The petitioner was given only 7 marks out of 25 in the interview and the favorite was appointed by giving more marks in the interview. In this recruitment, only the relatives of politicians were appointed. On the orders of the High Court, the record related to the recruitment was presented in the court. Seeing the record, the court said that prima facie there is a discrepancy in the selection process.
The applicant’s signature was not found on one answer sheet, the date of examination was written on 15 February 2008 on two answer sheets, whereas the examination was held on 15 February 2009 and the roll number was found wrong on one answer sheet. During the hearing on Friday, the High Court said that prima facie the possibility of irregularities in recruitment cannot be ruled out.
During the hearing on Monday, the court, in view of prima facie rigging, now ordered the formation of a three-member committee for investigation. The committee will be constituted under the chairmanship of the Home Secretary and the team will include Secretary of Personnel Department and ADGP as Vigilance member. The committee will submit its report in four months and after that the court will decide on the recruitment. The special thing is that most of the recruited inspectors are currently working as DASPs.
Questions raised on his appointment
The petitioner said that the nine candidates who have been selected in the general category are all relatives of political figures. The recruitment included Hardeep Singh, nephew of the then Chief Minister of Haryana, Varun Dahiya, son of ADC to the then Governor of Haryana, Deepak, a relative of the then MLA Dangi, Naveen Sharma, nephew of the then MLA Anand Kaushik, Naveen Sangu, a relative of a close worker of the then Chief Minister. Vipin Ahlawat, son of a close relative of the Chief Minister’s wife, Arjun Singh, son of a Congress worker from Hisar, Kamaljit, a relative of Haryana Staff Selection Commission chairman, got appointments.