Lucknow, Dec 18 (UNI) In a major revelation, Uttar Pradesh government today said the posts, pertaining to appointment of 18,844 constables effected during the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav regime in the state, were not sanctioned.
The matter was raised during the state cabinet meeting here where Chief Minister Mayawati referred the matter to the three-member high level committee probing the police recruitment scam.
Shashank Shekhar Singh, the state chief secretary, who heads the committee, said the appointments made in the district police were not legal as the posts were not sanctioned.
During 2004, there were 3,269 constables excess than the sanctioned post of 90,144.
Meanwhile, official sources said the state government will file a counter affidavit in the Allahabad High Court tomorrow on the directive of the court asking, why they had withdrawn suspension order against 23 senior IPS officials.
''The affidavit will rake up the non-sanction of 18,844 posts out of the total 22,000 appointments of police constables made during the previous regime,'' sources said.
However, the official made it clear the issue of sanction of the posts came before the government suddenly.
Sources said the appointments made in the PAC was legal as sanction was sought for the posts.
The recent development of non-sanction of posts might be an escape route for the government as it was finding itself in a tight spot following stricture from the Allahabad high court on the dismissal of 22,000 constables and suspension of 23 IPS officials.
Earlier, the state government had constituted a committee headed by Additional Director General of Police, S K Mishra, to probe the Police Recruitment Scam.
The Mishra Committee report led to the suspension of the 23 IPS officers, who were allegedly involved in the process of appointments of recruits in the Uttar Pradesh police under the Mulayam government.
The report also prompted the state government to annul the appointments of nearly 22,000 police recruits.