Jharkhand PSC chief in the dock

The Governor’s Advisory Council has decided to recommend the dismissal and initiation of criminal proceedings against Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) chairman Dilip Prasad......

Written by Manoj Prasad | Ranchi | Published:February 27, 2009 3:47 am

The Governor’s Advisory Council has decided to recommend the dismissal and initiation of criminal proceedings against Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) chairman Dilip Prasad and member Gopal Prasad Singh after an inquiry found they misused their position to appoint relatives as magistrates and lecturers.

The recommendation is to be forwarded to President Pratibha Patil soon.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Council on Wednesday. “The meeting,presided by Governor Syed Sibtey Razi,resolved to act against them after taking note of the findings of the report,” said Secretary (Cabinet) P K Jajoria,referring to the inquiry.

Following allegations against the JPSC members,a panel of officials conducted the inquiry last year. The inquiry found that Prasad and Singh got answer scripts evaluated by teachers of their choice to benefit their relatives. As a result,a cousin of Prasad got appointed as magistrate while another made it into the state finance service,the inquiry report said. Prasad also allegedly misused his authority to get a candidate appointed at a senior position in the Ranchi University.

The inquiry report said Singh misused his position to ensure 20 candidates become lecturers. Beneficiaries included his son,brother-in-law,sister-in-law and daughter-in-law.

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