Lucknow, Sep 12 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government today defended anulling the recruitment process of 6504 police constables, claiming that large scale fraud in the process during the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav government had ''vitiated'' the entire process.
Briefing reporters about the government's stand, State Advocate General Jyotindra Mishra said as per a 2002 Supreme Court ruling in the Union of India vs O Chakradhar case, a recruitment process in which mass irregularities were detected, made the entire process ''vitiated''.
''In a case where fraud and forgery are involved the principle of natural justice is not applied...the principle is applied where an individual is singled out,'' he said. The AG explained that the principle of natural justice cannot be applied here.
''The government's stand to anull the recruitment carried out by 14 recruitment boards is legal...if it is challenged in a court of law, then the government will respond accordingly,'' he added.
Mr Mishra claimed that the government would not file a caveat in the case as so far, it is not known who would move the court against the decision.
The AG was reacting to a statement by the main Opposition Samajwadi Party, which has termed cancellation of the recruitment process as 'unconstitutional'. ''Chief Minister Mayawati is only working for the welfare of certain communities and her decision of sacking 6,504 constables yesterday is unconstitutional,'' former state advocate general and SP Rajya Sabha MP Virendra Bhatia said addressing newspersons here. The probe committee report, on the basis of which the annulment of police recruitment followed, was prepared under the pressure of the CM, he alleged.