Guv Okays Khoda’s Nomination as CVC

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‘Jerath, Khan to be appointed as VCs’

SRINAGAR (KNS) – More than five months after a high power panel recommended names for constitution of the State Vigilance Commission (SVC), Governor, N N Vohra has finally given approval to the appointment of the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and two Vigilance Commissioners (VCs) to the commission, reliable sources told KNS.

Highly placed sources in the state government told KNS that the file for appointment of the CVC and two VCs has been approved by the Governor, which is expected to be returned to the government on Monday or Tuesday, ‘soon after which the General Administration Department will issue orders for appointment of former Director General of Police, Kuldeep Khoda to the coveted post of CVC’.

“Orders for appointment of retired IAS officers R K Jerath and Muhammad Syed Khan as Vigilance Commissioners will also be issued simultaneously”, the sources said.

Khoda will be the first Chief Vigilance Commissioner of the state. After constitution of the Commission, the present Vigilance Commissioner will be designated as Director Vigilance, the sources added.

After issuance of the orders by the state government, the Governor will accord an oath of office to the CVC and VCs.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had earlier hinted at this significant development while addressing a public gathering at Kishtwar during the annual day function of an educational institute.

Khoda was an IPS officer of 1974 batch of Jammu and Kashmir cadre, who served as DGP of the state from July 2007 to May 2012.

Pertinently on May 28, a panel, comprising Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand and Law Minister Ali Mohammed Sagar had recommended the names of former DGP Kuldeep Khoda for appointment as Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and former Financial Commissioner, R K Jerath and former Commissioner Secretary GAD M S Khan as Commissioners. 

The panel had sent these recommendations ignoring the objections raised by the leader of opposition Mehbooba Mufti over Khoda’s nomination.

The recommendations were in mid-June returned to the state government by the Governor seeking certain queries and clarifications from the government reportedly about the names of Khoda and Khan, after which the state government had resubmitted the file, along with clarifications, to the Governor for final approval.

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