Allahabad, Nov 5 (UNI) Allahabad High Court today stayed the arrest of the IG Moradabad range, Ramendra Vikram Singh, who is also an accused in police recruitment scam.
Passing the order, a division bench comprising Justices Yatindra Singh and Veneet Saran directed the state government to file a counter affidavit in the case.
In a major decision, the Mayawati government on September 11 had suspended 12 senior Indian Police Services (IPS) officers in the state for their involvement in the police recruitment scam during the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav regime and annulled 14 recruitment boards, in which a total of 6,504 civil police and PAC constables were recruited.
Altogether over 22,000 policemen were recruited during the previous Samajwadi Party regime between the year 2004 and 2006 and several irregularities were detected during the probe conducted by the present Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government, when it came to power in May last.
At least 13 top police officials had been charged with irregularities in the recruitment of around 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 laid-down criteria to favour select candidates.
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.