THE Punjab and Haryana High Court has given two weeks time to the Punjabi University,Patiala to apprise the court as to whether criminal liability is made out against former Vice-Chancellor,S S Boparai for his alleged involvement in making selections/appointments.
The directions were passed during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Santosh Kumari and four other unemployed lecturers. The petitioners have sought directions to Punjabi University to review the selections/appointments made by Boparai during his tenure from August 2001 to November 2007.
During the resumed hearing,law officer for Punjab contended that the decision dated March 12,2010 taken by the state holding that no criminal offence against Boparai was made out,was only a tentative decision. The law officer added that the competent authority of state government shall take a final decision within two weeks on the issue of determination of criminal liability of Boparai with regard to making more than 400 appointments to various posts in the University on adhoc or contract basis without inviting applications from all eligible persons through an open advertisement.
During the hearing of the case,last week,counsel for Punjabi University,Patiala brought it to the notice of the high court that the selection process pertaining to 191 posts was in progress,while the process of selection for the remaining non-teaching posts had almost been completed. The counsel for the University also pointed about the difficulty faced by Punjabi University,Patiala to make regular appointments due to paucity of fund since the Punjab Government was not releasing grants to University for making such appointment on regular basis which involves huge expenditure. At this stage,the division bench while impleading Punjab as a respondent in the PIL,directed it to give a time schedule for release of grants to Punjabi University,Patiala for making regular appointments.
The Bench also directed the University to give information on the number of contractual and adhoc appointments made by former Vice Chancellor,Boparai and also to state as to how many of them had been again given employment by the University on regular/adhoc basis after initiating the advertisement process; the stage of selection process in relation to 191 posts (non-teaching) which have been advertised by the University; and the time frame for making regular appointments to all the remaining teaching and non-teaching posts.
Punjab has been directed to apprise the Court of its final decision in regard to criminal liability of Boparai,against whom the Vigilance enquiry report submitted to the Government,attributed motives in making appointments on contractual/regular basis in large number.
The PIL will come up for resumed hearing on March 29.