HC wants CID probe into KPSC recruitment scam

K R Khalil Ahmed, Raghu V and 60 other candidates had filed a petition in the High Court, after the government failed to implement the recommendations of the K K Mishra Commission.

The Commission was looking into allegations of irregularities in the recruitment process of KPSC in 1998, 1999 and 2004.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice A S Bopanna, appointed Justice Ajit Gunjal to monitor the investigation and also directed the inquiry officer to submit a progress report every 15 days. The Court has directed the investigation to be completed by March 31, 2011.

In an earlier judgment, Justice Gunjal had directed the constitution of a commission to look into irregularities in the appointment process. Following this, the K K Mishra Commission was appointed by the government to conduct an inquiry.

The Commission reported that several illegalities were found. This included favouring candidates chosen by then chief minister and his brother, even though the said candidates did not have the necessary merit, besides selecting candidates who were overaged.

The K K Mishra Commission found that some candidates were chosen even though they did not write the qualifying exam. Other irregularities included selecting and appointing candidates without obtaining validity certificates, the CM’s office exerting pressure on the DCs to hastily obtain caste validity certificates without legal verification, providing false and bogus certificates and manipulation of reservation categories.

The Mishra Commission stated that its report was merely the tip of the iceberg and called for a detailed inquiry. However, no action was taken after the report was filed.

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