CID can't be trusted anymore: High Court

CID can't be trusted anymore: High Court

Bench unhappy with report on KPSC recruitment case

“We trusted CID all these days and we cannot trust you anymore,” the Division Bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar remarked while hearing a case related to irregularities in appointments through Karnataka Public Service Commission in 1998, 1999 and 2004.

Expressing its disappointment with the CID report on the irregularities in the KPSC recruitments, the Bench said it was not a full report and did not provide a complete view of the scam.

Holding the CID responsible for the failure, the Court said it cannot trust the investigative agency anymore. The Bench felt that the CID was harbouring the culprits and investigating the case for the Government rather than the petitioners.

“We don’t like this cover-up. If the State Government is not interested, we will issue directions to the Centre,” it said.

The Bench said it might be left with no option but to hand over the investigation to the CBI if the Government and the CID don’t want to come up with the full truth.

Govt review

The Government was asked to submit its view on the CID report in the next hearing.
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 large-scale irregularities and malpractices in the appointment for Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ posts by the KPSC during 1998, 1999 and 2004. The High Court had ordered a CID inquiry in December 2010.

‘Karnataka tops country in corruption’

The Division Bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar on Tuesday declared Karnataka “most corrupt in India.”

“Corruption is increasing. I have been reading in the magazines that Karnataka is the most corrupt state. But we can say here now that Karnataka is No. 1 corrupt state in India,” the Bench noted.

The annoyance of the Bench stemmed from a case pertaining to granting of licence for granite quarrying and its subsequent withdrawal, in Coorg district.

P C Prabhu had filed a petition challenging the withdrawal of the licence.

The Court was annoyed at the conflicting statements given by State Government and Department of Mines and Geology.

It said that the State did not have appropriate rules and regulations for anything and no mechanism to bring errant officials to book.

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