Chief secy given a months time to finish probe
The Allahabad High Court today directed UP Chief Secretary Javed Usmani to get an inquiry conducted across the state into the allegations that salaries were being withdrawn illegally in the name of non-existent or unqualified teachers in many government-aided intermediate colleges.
The court has given Usmani a months time to complete the exercise.
The court also directed the top official to get FIRs registered against those found guilty and the illegal payments made to unqualified teachers or withdrawn in the name of non-existent teachers be recovered from the personnel concerned. The court warned that if the action taken was not found satisfactory then the CS will be required to explain the same. The court has fixed July 9 as the next date of hearing.
The order was passed by a single judge bench of Justice Arun Tandon on a petition filed by Sudhakar Pandey,an advocate. The petition was initially filed in 2010 and was in connection with a few intermediate colleges in Ballia,where the management and principals of the colleges,were allegedly involved in drawing salaries in the name of teachers using fraudulent means. We had sought strict action against the guilty, said Pandey.
During the hearing,the court had ordered an inquiry by the CB-CID and directed registration of FIRs against those found guilty. However,over a period of time,a dispute arose on whether any formal order had been passed for inquiry by the CB-CID.
Taking a strong note of the confusion,the court passed an order on March 17,2011,stating: Let the Chief Secretary examine the records as well as the orders passed by this court from time to time and to ensure that free and fair investigation is conducted in the matter.The Chief Secretary shall file his personal affidavit disclosing as to whether an enquiry by CB-CID has been initiated or not and why the Home Department has not been able to respond even after 10 months to the request made.
The court took note of the fact that even after that order,not much action has been taken by the departments concerned in over a year, said Pandey.