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Vigilance to quiz former JPSC chief

Ranchi, Feb. 7: The vigilance bureau will file a petition at the vigilance court here on Wednesday, seeking remand of former Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) chairman Dilip Prasad.

The bureau needs to interrogate Prasad about the fraudulent appointments made between 2004 and 2009.

Prasad had surrendered before the vigilance court on February 4 after being on the run since last June. FIRs had been lodged against him and 31 others, including former members of JPSC, at the directive of Governor M.O.H. Farook. The vigilance court had also passed orders for seizure of their property after the accused went into hiding.

Prasad is currently lodged at Birsa Munda Central Jail, Ranchi. Another accused, former JPSC secretary Alice Usha Rani Singh, is also languishing at the same jail since November 9, last year, after being rounded up from her Hazaribagh residence.

“We will plead before the vigilance court to allow us remand of Prasad. We want to quiz the former chairman on the modus operandi adopted by the commission to appoint undeserving candidates, including friends and relatives, to various state jobs,” M.V. Rao, IG (vigilance) said.

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