Police recruitment probe ends; UP forms another committe under CS

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Lucknow, Oct 4 (UNI) A day after the Committee, probing the bungling in recruitments in the state police department, suggested narco test of senior officers and a politician, Uttar Pradesh government today replaced it by a 'bigger' committee headed by the chief secretary.

A decision to this effect was taken here at the state Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mayawati.

The cabinet deliberated at length the report of probe committee of Additional Director General (ADG) of Police Shailja Kant Mishra and decided to study ramifications of the large scale bungling in recruitments by 55 boards during 2005 and 2006.

''Since the probe has been completed, the government has decided to set up a three member committee headed by the chief secretary with UP DGP and Divisional Commissioner of Lucknow being its members,''UP Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh told newspersons in post-Cabinet briefing.

He said the new committee would evolve the way and means to excercise transparency and honesty in future recruitments.

Mr Singh also dissociated the government from the much-talked about letter of Mr Shailja Kant Mishra addressed to Ram Lal Ram, ADG, Anti Corruption Organisation (ACO) saying it had no knowledge of this. The probe committee has sent its findings to ACO for further action.

The letter written by Mr Mishra has suggestions of Narco Analysis of senior police officers, found involved in corrupt practices, and an influential politician during the previous Samajwadi Party government in the state.

The Cabinet Secretary was non-committal on the content of the letter which assumed importance in the light of Mr Mishra's comments that there were complaints of sexual exploitations during the recruitment.

Meanwhile, he informed that the probe into recruitment scam had been completed and the government was committed to adopt fool-proof measures in future recruitments.

As many as 25 IPS officers had been suspended after they were found involved in corrupt practices during the recruitment.

Out of 55 recruitment boards, the probe in 51 boards is complete while matter related to two boards is with Advocate General for necessary action. The matter concerning two other baords is still indecisive following a writ filed in Allahabad High Court, while process of recruitment in two remaing boards is still incomplete.

The recruitment scam had rocked the state police bureaucracy in view of the severe punitive actions taken by state government on the senior police officers which included one ADG and several IGs and DIGs.


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