HC bench recuses itself from case

HC bench recuses itself from case

The division bench of the Karnataka High Court, comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice Ashok B Hinchigeri, has recused from hearing a petition seeking directions to the government to accept the CID report in connection with the irregularities in the recruitment of gazetted probationers for the year 1998, 1999 and 2004 by the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC).

During the hearing of a petition by Khaleel Ahmed, V Raghu and others, seeking directions to accept the CID report, the Chief Justice pointed to some of the anonymous letters received by the court making allegations against the advocates of the petitioners and others and said the matter should be heard by some other bench.

“We have received some anonymous letters making allegations against the advocates of the petitioners and others. We need to find out who is operating this. At this juncture, it is appropriate that the matter is heard by some other bench,” the Chief Justice said and adjourned the matter.

The High Court, following a petition, had appointed Justice Mohammed Anwar to monitor and speed up the CID investigation. Later on, after the CID submitted its report, a fact-finding committee comprising some of the petitioners, advocates and even selected members and some of the members of KPSC was constituted by the High Court to look into the CID report and file a report.

Accordingly, the committee, in February 2014, had submitted the report stating that there were several evidences of irregularities, including the one to destroy the evidences against candidates whose marks were tampered with by the KPSC to help them get plum posts.

The committee said the marks of several candidates were tampered with to help them during revaluation.

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