THE Uttar Pradesh Higher Education Services Commission (HESC) seems to be jinxed. Days after the Allahabad High Court cancelled four appointments at the top posts in HESC as illegal, now the veracity of educational qualifications of its officiating secretary has come under scanner.
Sanjay Singh, a deputy secretary in UP government, is currently posted as officiating secretary in the HESC.
Hearing a petition challenging the veracity of his educational certificates, a Division Bench of Justices Arun Tandon and Ashwani Kumar Mishra Monday directed the principal secretary (Higher Education) to produce the entire records in connection with the selection of Sanjay Singh as an ad hoc lecturer of history in a post-graduate college in Gyanpur, Bhadohi.
The court fixed September 30 as the next date of hearing.
The order came on a petition filed by Dr Dhirendra Singh and another, through their counsel Alok Kumar Mishra.
“Our allegation is that Singh had produced a fake mark-sheet showing that he had done MA from a college affiliated with Kanpur University in 1995. We have contended that an FIR was allegedly registered against Singh in this regard. We have also pointed out that the state has taken contradictory stands on how Singh was selected,” said Mishra.
“Additional chief standing counsel has tried to state that…Singh was selected on the basis of his being a member of general category and…not scheduled tribe (ST). However, from the counter affidavit, which was filed by the assistant director, directorate of higher education, in a writ petition, it appears that the case of the government was that Singh has been selected within ST category and that, if he had been considered within the general category, he would have stood at 181st position, while only candidates between (ranks) 1 to 20 would have been selected”.
“It appears that the state wants to change its stand, which was taken earlier before this court,” the court said while directing the government to produce the records.
The court also directed the petitioners to implead Kanpur University as a party and sought detailed tabulation sheets of 1995 pertaining to Singh’s records.
Besides, it has also directed that if the University got an FIR lodged against him for fake mark-sheet, the records of the same be produced before it.