KVIB Scam: HC Seeks Inquiry Report ‘Without Fail’ On April 23

SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir high court has asked government to place before it “without any fail” on April 23 an inquiry report regarding the selections of the J&K Khadi Village and Industries Board (KVIB) which saw among others appointment of son Sartaj Madni, PDP senior leader and maternal uncle of former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, as an executive officer of the Board in 2018.

A bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey passed the orders after senior Additional Advocate General B A Dar submitted that enquiry so initiated has been concluded and that the report thereof would be submitted before the Court on or before the next date of hearing in the case.

“Mr Dar, the Senior Additional Advocate General, (shall) ensure production of enquiry report before the Court on the next date of hearing, without any fail,’ the court said and posted the case for further consideration on April 23.

The enquiry was carried by the three member panel headed R K Goyal, then principal secretary home department.

The High Level Inquiry Committee was tasked to enquire into the complaints relating to the alleged unfair selection made by the J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board against various posts; determine as to whether proper procedure as laid down in the relevant rules have been followed, as has been done by the other recruiting agencies or not; enquire into the methodology in selecting the agency(ies) for setting the question, evaluation process etc.; and ascertain whether any deviation has been made in the selection process from advertising the posts to the release of selection lists.

Pertinently, former Chief Minister Mehbooba had announced probe days after the then ruling PDP come under a barrage of criticism over the appointment of the son of then PDP vice-president (Sartaj Madini) as an executive officer in the KVIB.

Syed Aroot Madni, the son of PDP’s Vice president, featured in the selection list of the Board, while the nephew of PDP general secretary and KVIB vice-chairman Peerzada Mansoor Hussain was placed in the waiting list for the post of assistant executive officer.

The PDP had termed the selection as fair, and Sartaj Madni himself had questioned whether or not the sons of politicians deserved a chance to seek employment and livelihood.

But the opposition National Conference had hit out at the PDP describing the selection as “institutionalization of corruption,” while netizens termed the appointment as “fraudulent” and had sought an explanation from the ruling coalition partner.

Amid severe castigation on social networking sites, the former top bureaucrat Shah Faesal who has since floated his own political party said that the case warranted a police case if allegations of malpractices in the selection process were true.

 “If it’s true that the merit list has been rigged,” Faesal, who was then managing director of the J and K Power Development Corporation, wrote on facebook, “then instead of an inquiry there should be an FIR. High time that we take those people to task who push our educated youngsters to the wall and kill their confidence.”

According to his Facebook profile, Aroot is the youth president of the PDP for the Divsar assembly constituency from where his father had lost elections in 2014.

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