Uttar Pradesh government on September 11 had suspended 12 senior

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Indian Police Services(IPS) officers in the state for their involvement in police recruitment scam during the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav regime.

At least 13 top police officials had been charged with irregularities in the recruitment of over 20,000 policemen during 2005-06, by the investigating committee.

These charges included allegedly waiving police verification to recruit several persons with criminal records, forging exam papers and caste certificates, fudging scores and even changing laiddown criteria to favour select candidates.

The high-powered probe committee, headed by Additional Director General of police (ADG), STF Shailja Kant Mishra, had found that these officials were directly involved in the police recruitment at Bareilly, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Etawah, Kanpur rural, Kannauj and Jhansi.

The committee had submitted reports on 16 recruitment centres and the government had processed reports of at least 10 centres before initiating any action.

On September 30, the state government had suspended seven more IPS officers and annulled the recruitment of 7,400 constables. With the fresh wave of annullments, the total number of constables fired mounted to 17,868. The total number of IPS suspended had spiralled to 25.

The probe was ordered by Ms Mayawati on June 13 on the complaints filed by some legislators and unsuccessful candidates of eastern UP.

Between May 2005 and November 2006, more than 20,000 police constables, PAC jawans and wireless operators were recruited at 55 centres all over UP.

UNI

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