Ex-Law Secy’s letter to CID laid ground for cancellation of list

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 7/8/2019 1:05:22 PM

Cancellation of KVIB recruitment

SRINAGAR, July 7: Even as the Governor’s administration canceled the KVIB selection list after nearly two years of its examination, a new twist to the tail has emerged as Controller Examinations and then law secretary had already conveyed the CID department about the “unfairness” of the exams, asking it to conduct an “in-depth probe” to ascertain the validity of the exercise, reports a local news agency, KNS.
The governor’s administration yesterday cancelled the selection of candidates for 101 posts made in 2016 in Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) during PDP and BJP government after an inquiry report was submitted by the inquiry committee which probed the issue of illegal appointments.
Principal secretary industries and commerce Navin Choudhary in a seven page order has cancelled the appointments made in 2017 for the advertisement notification issued in August 2016.
“All the selections made in the KVIB pursuant to advertisement notice No. KVIB/01 of 2016 dated 08.10.2016 are quashed/ cancelled,” the order says.
“The KVIB will provide opportunity of being heard to all candidates appointed to different category of posts pursuant to the advertisement notice dated 08.10.2016 and fulfill all formalities required under law before cancelling the appointment of these candidates,” the order reads further.
The KVIB appointments in 2016 during PDP-BJP coalition invited much attention after a family member of PDP leader featured among the selected candidates for the post of executive officer.
The then KVIB Vice Chairman was PDP leader Peer Mansoor and its minister was then BJP legislator Chandra Prakash Ganga.
KNS has learnt from reliable sources that soon after the examination for the said posts were finished, the then law secretary Abdul Majeed who was designated as Controller for the said examinations had raised his doubt on its fairness after receiving feedback from the administrative secretary industries and commerce and from other quarters. The controller according to sources, had even went ahead and asked IGP, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to conduct an in-depth probe into the conduct of exams - which, as per sources laid the foundation for termination of the whole selection list by the governor.
KNS is in possession of the letter written by the senior bureaucrat to IG, CID which reveals that he (Controller) had not visited majority of the exam centers due to his tight schedule as law secretary, giving ample space to others to manipulate the exercise to the best of their advantage.
“Due to paucity of time and engagements in the office as secretary of law, I could not visit the examination centers during the examination except on 6th Aug, at Jammu centers only. However, all the requisite arrangements were made for supervisory staff and observers for the conducting the examination. There are some complaints against the examination process, that same was not fair as Administrative Secretary Industries and Commerce department also requested for the same verbally to me. It is as such requested to make an in-depth verification in the matter," mentions the letter of then law Secretary to IG, CID vide No.PS/LS/2017-27 dated 94-09-2027, a copy of which lies with KNS.
Sources also told the news agency that the law secretary was not happy with the way the examination was conducted hence wanted a thorough investigation into every aspect of the matter. It is learnt that it was his communication to CID, that laid the foundation for governor administration’s decision to terminate the selection list.



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