KPSC mess: HC frowns on government's inaction

The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday frowned at the State government for its inaction over persons responsible for irregularities by Karnataka Public Service Commission in appointments to gazetted posts during 1998, 1999 and 2004.

 “The State government has not taken any action against those responsible for the irregularities, nor is it allowing us to take any action,” the Court observed while hearing a petition filed by Khaleel Ahmed and others. The Court noted that those who benefitted from the recruitment process continue to be in the office. It said the April 24 direction to submit an action taken report has not been complied with by the government.

The Court directed the government to submit a response in two weeks.

The report submitted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had recommended action against officials who were responsible for the irregularities and compensation for those who were cheated during the process.

Contempt petition

The High Court has initiated a suo motu criminal contempt petition against President of Advocates’ Association Bangalore K N Subba Reddy and his son and advocate Vivek Reddy for ‘unruly’ conduct in Court.

The matter relates to an incident during a hearing held by Justice S N Sathyanarayana, which had Vivek Reddy arguing a case on behalf of the petitioner.
Subba Reddy is said to have entered the court hall and indulged in unruly conduct.

Justice S N Sathyanarayana had written to the Registrar of the High Court stating that appropriate action must be taken against Subba Reddy for his inappropriate behaviour. Following this, the High Court Registrar has initiated criminal contempt proceedings against both Subba Reddy and his son.

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