Ranchi, Aug. 20: A two-decade-old caste dispute case has now been put on the table of the state’s caste scrutiny committee that will verify all documents and establish whether LIC development officer Meetu Passi had indeed used fraudulent means to get a job reserved for SCs in 1989.
Ranchi deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey told The Telegraph on Tuesday that he had forwarded the case, which had been probed twice by the CBI with contradictory reports, 10 days ago in keeping with an order issued by Jharkhand High Court.
“A petition was filed at the high court, seeking cancellation of the caste certificate of Meetu Passi, who allegedly belongs to an upper caste, Khatri, but bagged an LIC job that is reserved for SC after producing a fake caste certificate. On July 24, the court said that the matter should be referred to the state’s caste scrutiny committee. I acted according to the court’s direction and forwarded the matter to the committee through the personnel department,” he said.
According to the high court order, the four-member committee has to complete investigations within 16 weeks from the date of receipt of the copy of the order, which was on July 26.
B.K. Narayan, development officer of LIC who filed the petition at the high court, however, is not happy. According to him, the entire exercise of scrutinising Passi’s caste is a waste of time as the CBI had already probed the matter and filed a chargesheet against her in the court.
“After examining 29 witnesses and verifying 31 documents, the CBI concluded in October 2009 that Passi is from the general category but had adopted fraudulent means to get an SC certificate. Apart from this, the National Commission for Scheduled Caste has already recommended cancellation of her caste certificate in March 2010. I don’t think any further investigation is required,” he said.
Passi could not be contacted for comments.