The investigation into the alleged irregularities in appointments through the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) has led to startling revelations about how the recruitments were carried out.
Four people, including APSC chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul, have already been sent to police custody in connection with the case.
Subject matter experts invited to be part of the interview panels for specific posts like engineers, doctors and professors have alleged that their inputs were not taken into account while making the final selection.
One such instance was an interview for selection of lecturers for Cotton College, the oldest college of the Northeast. A professor and three associate professors of Gauhati University were invited by APSC as experts for the interview conducted early in 2015.
But after the appointments were made, the four experts jointly wrote to the state government in May 2015, stating that their and scores were not taken into account while making the final selections.
The experts said they were asked to hand over the scoresheets to Paul without the panel, which had a couple of APSC members besidesPaul, reaching a consensus and signing on a common sheet. “Instead of all the members of the panel reaching a consensus and signing on a common sheet with the final merit list, we were asked to hand over the scoresheets and leave,” the experts wrote.
The Gauhati University professors also wrote that names of the candidates they recommended did not find figure in the final list released by APSC. They said that these candidates had scored more in the interview and had better marks in MA examination than the ones who were selected.
On many other occasions, experts were made to write their remarks on plain papers and hand them over to Paul.
On August 31, the final selection list for 133 assistant engineer posts in the state irrigation department was prepared by only three of the six APSC members, including chairman Paul. A fourth member, who was called in to sign after the final list was ready, not only refused to endorse it, but even got into a war of words with Paul over the “hush-hush” manner in which the list was prepared, said sources.