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Hearing on JPSC exam scam

Ranchi, July 14: Jharkhand High Court today directed the state government to speed up the process of granting prosecution sanctions related to Jharkhand Public Services Commission (JPSC) officials accused of manipulating answer sheets to favour chosen candidates in competitive exams conducted by it.

A division bench of the high court comprising Justices D.N. Patel and P.P. Bhatt were hearing a PIL filed by one Buddhdeo Oraon on “mass-scale interpolation and bungling” in JPSC exams wherein candidates with powerful connections were unduly favoured to enable them get plum government jobs.

The court also directed the CBI investigating the matter to pull up its socks and finish probe.

The court also observed that top government officials tried to delay the process of granting sanction for prosecution against those guilty of interpolation in answer sheets.

The court was also told the commission had illegally appointed some lecturers. The bench ordered Ranchi University to be incorporated as a party in the case.

Oraon’s counsel Rajeev Kumar told the court the JPSC was not cooperating with the investigation and the CBI wasn’t doing its job well.

Kumar said the CBI, which took over the probe in 2012, was still grappling to get details against perpetrators of the graft. “Former JPSC member Radha Govind Singh Nagesh is still evading arrest,” Kumar said.

Oraon had filed his petition against the JPSC, which conducted 16 exams so far, many blotted with controversies and corruption charges. Vigilance bureau had conducted an inquiry into the first and second JPSC exams, but nothing concrete emerged.

Those found guilty prima facie have still not been suspended nor faced any disciplinary action, Oraon had said in his petition.

CBI counsel Mokhtar Khan told the court chargesheets had been filed against the accused in two cases.

In the one involving former JPSC chairman Dilip Prasad related to the purchase of an optical mark reader, the CBI has partly completed its investigation, the counsel said.


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