The Punjab and Haryana High Court has allowed the Haryana government to approach the President for sanction for prosecuting former Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) members Chatter Singh and Yudhvir Singh booked after irregularities were found in the selection of four environment engineers in 2004.
Justice Anita Chaudhry observed that the Haryana Governor is not the competent authority to grant sanction of prosecution against the former members. The judge said, “the authority who can accord sanction … is the President of India.”
The decision came while disposing a petition filed by former HPSC members who had approached the HC in revision against the charges framed against them and the beneficiary candidates in the selection process by the Panchkula district court on May 6, 2010.
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Haryana vigilance bureau had registered an FIR in 2007, under various sections of the IPC including forgery, criminal conspiracy, using forged documents as genuine.
HPSC had issued an advertisement on September 16, 2004, for filling four posts of environment engineers for which the age limit was stated between 20 and 40 years. Last date of submission of the applications was October 16, 2004. The court was informed that the candidates, namely Phool Kumar, Shish Pal and and Krishan Kumar, who were otherwise not eligible also applied and their applications were received in the HPSC after the last date. Later, the three candidates were selected and there were allegations against them that they had some colluded with the then HPSC members.