Patna High Court on Thursday issued notices to the managing director of Bihar State Hydroelectric Power Corporation (BHPC) and the chairman-cum-managing director of National Hydro-electric Power Corporation (NHPC) on a petition challenging the former’s appointment.
Justice Birendra Prasad Verma sought response from A.K. Pandey, the BHPC managing director, within six weeks on a petition filed by former BHPC official Jawahar Lall, seeking quashing of Pandey’s appointment to the post of BHPC MD. The bench also issued notices to the state government and the energy department, which was accepted by state government counsel Shashi Bhushan Kumar.
Appearing for the petitioner, senior advocate Y.V. Giri, along with Pranav Kumar, submitted that Pandey had suppressed the fact that he faced criminal charges for defalcation of Rs 36 crore while being posted in Jammu & Kashmir State Electricity Board.
BHPC rules and advertisement issued for the MD’s post stipulated disclosure of any pending criminal case against the candidate at the time of appointment, Giri said.
“Pandey not only suppressed that fact but also misled the selection committee. He also hid that he did not hold any senior-level experience of working with a hydro electric company,” he added.