UP revokes suspension of 25 IPS offrs involved in police scam

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Lucknow, Nov 24 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government today revoked the suspension of 25 IPS officers suspended in the much-hyped police recruitment scam.

Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mayawati, Shailesh Krishna, said here the officers would get their new postings shortly. Sources in the state government claimed the suspensions were revoked after the IPS officers accepted their involvement in the much touted scam in writing.

In September, the state government, besides suspending the IPS officers, had also sacked over 18,352 constables selected through the 55 recruitment boards constituted during the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav regime.

Meanwhile, Additional Director General (Special Task Force ) Shailja Kant Mishra, who had headed the probe committee to investigate the scam, has been removed from his post. Additional Director General of Police (crime/law and order) Brij Lal has been given the aditional charge of STF.

''The departmental enquiries against the IPS officers would continue,'' said Mr Krishna while briefing reporters about the decision of the Mayawati government.

''Play of money, corruption, nepotism and other major irregularities'' were alleged as prima facie reasons for the drastic action.

The high-level preliminary inquiry, carried out by additional Director General of Police Shailja Kant Misra, had found gross irregularities in the recruitment process which had led to the suspension of officers and annullment of police constables.

The suspended IPS officers included an ADG, IGs, DIGs and SPs.

A bulk of the 22,000 police recruitments made by 55 separate selection boards during the previous regime were irregular in one way or the other, the government had claimed.

As against scanning of 15 selection boards carried out in the earlier round of the probe, the second round looked into the recruitment process conducted by 11 boards. Of these, only one got a clean chit.

The only selection board that appeared spotless was headed by Mr Prashant Kumar, the DIG in Saharanpur, where 310 police officers were recruited.

The matter was referred to the anti-corruption department for a detailed probe after which further action would follow against the indicted officers.

The IPS officers whose suspension has been revoked are: R N Yadav, S K Gupta, S K Mathur, B P Jogdand, K Satyanarain, Mukul Goel, Daljit Singh Choudhury, Shailendra Pratap Singh, B M Tripathi, B B Bakshi, Akhilesh Mehrotra, Chavvi Nath Singh, B R Meena, Mukesh Shukla, Ramendra Vikram Singh, Vijay Singh Meena, Dr Ashok Kumar, Neelabaj Choudhury, A D Mishra, Prabhat Kumar, Malkhan Singh, V K Agarwal, G K Goswami, K K Saxena and B K Bhalla.

Of these 25 suspended officer two-- Mukul Goel and Daljit Singh Choudhury--at present on central deputation were yet to be served the suspension order by the Centre. Yesterday, most of the suspended IPS officials met the Chief Minister at her residence and gave written apology in the matter.

The governemnt's decision to reinstate the officials started after DGP Vikram Singh said their was extreme shortage of IPS officers in the state.

However, according to sources, as the matter of recruitment scam could not be contested in the court by the government due to lack of proper evidence against these officers, the government decided to reinstate them.

''Now it is to be seen on the fate of the dismissed over 18,000 constables, who have also approached the court'',the sources added.

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