37 Backdoor Appointments by former Assembly Speakers

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Srinagar: In the much publicized writ petition filed by Prof. S.K. Bhalla seeking registration of FIR against 3 Ex-Speakers of J&K Legislative Assembly for making 37 illegal appointments in the J&K Legislative Assembly Secretariat, the State High Court on May, 19, 2016 had directed the Inspector General of Police, State Vigilance Organization (SVO) to file an Action Taken Report (ATR) in terms of order dated December, 3, 2015 by way of affidavit before the next date of hearing. Pertinently the State High Court on December, 3, 2015 had directed IGP Vigilance Organization to take a final call in the matter in view of the findings arrived at in the preliminary enquiry conducted by Vigilance Organization wherein it was established that no procedure was followed by the 3 Ex-Speakers while making 37 appointments in the J&K Legislative Assembly. It was concluded by SVO that 28 appointments were made by the then Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone, 5 appointments were made by then Speaker Tara Chand and 4 appointments were made by then Speaker Mubarak Gul. The SVO in its findings also concluded that due procedure of law was not followed while making such appointments and only precedences were relied upon and appointments were made on pick and choose basis.

Despite clear directions of the State High Court issued on May, 19, 2016 the Inspector General of Police, State Vigilance Organization has failed to file the Action Taken Report (ATR) in the State High Court in terms of the order dated December, 3, 2015 when the High Court had directed the IGP SVO to take a final call on the findings of the preliminary enquiry report wherein it was established that 37 appointments were made by 3 Former Speakers without adopting any procedure and the posts were filled up through backdoor on pick and choose basis.

The matter is coming up for consideration before the State High Court immediately after ensuing summer vacations. (CNS)

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