The Central Bureau of Investigation,has recommended registration of a criminal case against former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala,former Transport Minister Ashok Kumar Arora and five IAS officers,including two former chief secretaries,three HCS officers and several others in the ongoing investigation into the HCS (Executive) recruitments,which took place in 2004.
In addition to this,the CBI has also recommended that the nominations of nine HCS officers,who benefitted because of the erroneous recruitment,be cancelled. CBI has also recommended that Supreme Court may issue directions to the Haryana government for laying down specific guidelines/ principles/ parameters to be adopted for assessing the candidates,at the time of finalising their nominations to HCS (Executive Branch),in order to prevent arbitrariness in the selection procedure).
On the instructions of the Supreme Court,the Anti Corruption Branch of CBI,Chandigarh,was inquiring into the case and submitted its 81-page report to the apex court on August 22,It recommended to register a criminal case against all those at the helm of affairs at that time. The Supreme Court shall be taking a final call on the fate of all those recommended to be booked by the CBI.
Besides Chautala and Arora,CBI has recommended registration of criminal case,on charges of criminal conspiracy,cheating,forgery,fraud and corruption against former chief secretaries Sunil Ahuja and AN Mathur,BD Dahlia (then principal secretary to CM ),KC Sharma (then secretary,revenue),RN Parashar (then financial commissioner,transport) and HCS officers,including Anurag Dahlia,Devi Lal Sihag,Virender Singh,Manohar Lal (then AO),Ram Swaroop (then Superintendent) and others.
CBI has also recommended a major penalty against SN Roy (then Excise and Taxation Commissioner) and Shriniwas (dealing inspector) who had proposed and approved the erroneous recruitments. Out of these,Dahlia,Ahuja,Mathur and Sharma have already retired. Parashar is the chairman,Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission while Mathur is chairman,State Finance Commission.
The case pertains to numerous allegations levelled against the recruitments made by Haryana Public Services Commission in 2004,when Chautala was the chief minister. Chautalas near and dear ones were recruited into HCS (Executive). Dahlias son Anurag Dahlia was one of the beneficiaries. Dahlia,in the year 1999 was appointed as a Naib-Tehsildar under ex-gratia policy,against a vacant post lying in Rohtak division for direct recruitment. Dahlias brother,DM Dahlia had died,and his wife Savitri Devi Dahlia had said that she did not have any objection if BD Dahlias son Anurag was appointed under ex-gratia policy. Within four year,Anurag was selected as HCS (Executive) by the HPSC.
The then Transport Minister,Aroras nephew Navin Ahuja also made it to the HCS (Executive),during that time. Several other government officers too made it to the HCS. For instance,people who canvassed for Chautalas sons were rewarded. An employee of the Excise and Taxation Department was taken as HCS. A few others including Prithvi Singh,an employee working in the then CMs office for five years,and Devi Lal Sihag,a controversial officer working as General Manager,Haryana Roadways,Hisar who also canvassed for Chautalas son and was suspended by Election Commission,but later got reinstated,were selected for HCS,in the recruitment drive.
What CBI probe found
Candidates with superior qualifications were ignored
No charts prepared to show the marks allotted under Parameters
Sunil Ahuja and BD Dahlia brought a list of names to be recommended to HPSC in the meeting of Selection Committee,the same names were recommended
Om Prakash Chautalas complicity shown in approving change in criteria with malafide object of favouring certain candidates.
Each department adopted own methodology of shortlisting candidates and recommended their names
Utter urgency during recruitment
On September 28,2004,the Haryana Chief Secretary forwarded the list to HPSC for selection and the same day interview letters were issued. On October 3,despite it being a Sunday,the interviews were held and appointment letters issued and all the officers joined duty on October 4.