Diggy ignored rules, favoured many by granting appointments: BJP

Diggy ignored rules, favoured many by granting appointments: BJP

download (95)Bhopal, Aug 8 - In what appears to be a stratagem for taking the public gaze off the Central Bureau of Investigation’s ongoing inquiry into the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board inconsistencies, the ruling BJP today rained at Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh, by alleging that at least 16 appointments - 14 of them in the education sector alone – were made after recommendations in writing by the then Chief Minister, who granted undue concessions and favours, while turning a Nelson’s eye to rules. “The High Court ruled on Thursday that the then Chief Minister completely disregarded the judiciary vis-à-vis recommending an appointment in 1997 in the Water Resources Department. Chief Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar and Justice Keshav Kumar Trivedi said that the petition by Mr Mansukh Lal Saraf against Mr Arun Kumar Tiwari and others raises questions regarding appointments made to public posts in an illegal and arbitrary manner, resulting in denial of employment opportunities to eligible persons,” the saffron party’s state President Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan averred this afternoon during a press conference at BJP’s state office. The bench said the impugned appointment of Mr Tiwari as Sub-Engineer in the Water Resources Department is a classic case of arbitrary action by persons involved in the decision-making process. “The order of appointment was issued because of the recommendation made by the then Chief Minister in 1997, which decision was duly placed and approved by the Cabinet on May 5, 1998. The process of appointment was ignited with the direction issued by the then Chief Minister and not because of any proposal submitted by the Department concerned,” the verdict said. “On September 11, 1997, the Court quashed Tiwari’s regularisation of service in the town panchayat and directed him to continue in service as a daily-rated employee. In Thursday’s judgement, the bench quashed the appointment order dated May 21, 1998 and directed the Chief Secretary to initiate a proposal for issuance of a general government order or on case-to-case basis to formally revoke all such illegal appointments, made in a similar manner without following the selection procedure,” Mr Chauhan added. “The verdict exposed Mr Singh’s black deeds. During his tenure, the state was not run in a democratic manner. He thought it was his sultanate or jagir. Undeserving appointments were made at a local university and Mr Singh, who ran the state in a feudal fashion and akin to a dictatorship, reduced a Rs 24 lakh fine imposed on the institution to Rs five lakh," the BJP leader alleged .

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