Former MD SICOP Under Scanner For Illegal Appointments

Will Look Into The Matter: Minister

SRINAGAR (KNS) - In a case of abuse of power former Managing Director (MD) SICOP, B.S Dua has allegedly appointed his close relative in the corporation and promoted him to the rank of senior General Manager.

Sources told KNS that the matter came into light after some aggrieved persons lodged a complaint in the crime branch Jammu.

The aggrieved in complaint stated that MD, presently holding the post of Director Industries Jammu, first made place for his nephew Jaswinder Singh Dua illegally and then promoted him to the rank of Senior General Manager against norms.

The complaint, according to the sources, was lodged by the employees of the SICOP, a copy of which is forwarded to DIG Crime Branch for probe.

“In fact the credentials of the former MD were in question after a complaint was lodged against him with the state Chief Secretary, alleging him of using his official position in an inappropriate manner and giving undue benefits to his brothers son namely Jaswinder Singh Dua”, the sources said.

“Dua was not competent to promote his kin but should have gone to the board of directors under the provisions for the change of cadre”, sources told KNS.

“Jaswinder was appointed in violation of corporation norms as no formal advertisement was issued by the SICOP”, the letter sent to chief secretary and to the crime branch stated further alleging that ‘the beneficiary was elevated to the senior rank not only violation of promotion norms but also sidelining many eligible and competent and senior employees’.

When contacted SS Salathia Minister of Industries and Commerce, said that the promotion was made in 2006-07 when I was not holding this portfolio, “I’ll look into the matter”, he said.

When contacted, DIG Crime Jammu KL Baghat, said that he was out of office. “It is not possible to comment on matter as I have no idea about such a complaint. “There come so many complaints. Let you call me on Monday I’ll check the records first”, said Baghat.

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