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Action petition on panel report

The Raj Bhavan is yet to take action on the BB Lal Committee report submitted four months back on the alleged malpractice in the appointment of 12 principals of Magadh University.

A former member of Bihar Public Service Commission, Shiva Jatan Thakur, has expressed concern over Raj Bhavan’s “delay” in taking action upon the committee report.

Governor D.Y. Patil had constituted the committee in August 2013.

Thakur, a Patna University teacher, had made a public petition — a kind of letter shot for public cause — to Raj Bhavan for prompt and appropriate action on the BB Lal Committee report, which was submitted in the first week of November 2013.

Thakur had faxed the letter on February 14 around 5pm.

Thakur, who was also the member of the selection committee in capacity of the chancellor’s nominees, through his petition stated that the BB Lal committee had confirmed graver malpractices in the appointment of 12 principals of Magadh University and that it was made in blatant violation of the judicial direction and the statutory laws and also identified perpetrators of the appointment scam of the Magadh University.

The inquiry report confirmed the allegations of Thakur’s petition that the reservation roster had been flouted in the appointment of the principals, which is a cognisable offence under Section 12 of the Bihar State Reservation Act of 1991.

The delinquents responsible for the denial of reservation are required to be criminally prosecuted for the cognisable offence under the Act.

According to Thakur, the Raj Bhavan has received his letter.

The Raj Bhavan secretariat said the committee has submitted its report and within the next fortnight, the Raj Bhavan would make an observation on the report.