657 posts lie vacant as dept awaits govt nod

The post of director to Dept of Prosecutions unfilled for 4 months

The Department of Prosecutions and Government Litigation is awaiting government intervention for filling up the director’s post that has been lying vacant for four months.

The post has been lying vacant since May. Apart from that, the posts of three deputy directors of prosecutors, two law officers (senior), six law officers (junior) and the posts of other staff members too are pending in the State. The department, having seven divisional offices across Karnataka, comes under the administrative control of the Home department.

“The director’s post is vacant mainly due to the amendment to the Cadre and Recruitment (C&R) Rules that was made on January 30, 2012. Section 25(A) of The Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) has been changed under the Rules and accordingly, the posts of director and the deputy director are to be filled up from the cadre of public prosecutors.

A proposal has been submitted to the Government by the department and the same is under consideration,” said in-charge Director of the department, Chandrashekhar G Hiremath.

According to department authorities, the total number of vacant posts is 657 among the 1,712 sanctioned posts in the State.

Hiremath added that measures have been taken to fill up 107 posts of assistant public prosecutors and the process of recruitment is likely to be completed by the year-end.

A proposal has also been submitted to the government to frame a set of rules for filling up the posts of public prosecutors by advocates or retired public prosecutors on a contract basis and the same is being considered by the government, the department staff maintained.

At present, 42 posts of stenographers, 124 posts of typists and 155 posts of Dallas have been outsourced in accordance to the permission accorded by the government in various orders.

The department, in coordination with the Karnataka Judicial Academy, will be conducting a training programme for the prosecuting officers on September 5 and 6  at the Karnataka Judicial Academy.

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