Fate of teachers to be decided after probe, CS

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Patiala, Oct 3 (UNI) Fate of the teachers indicted in a case registered by Vigilance Bureau would be decided only after complete investigation, Punjab Chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh, also incharge of VB, said here today.

The VB, Mohali registered a case yesterday against Brig (Retd) Charanjiv Singh Harika, former chairman of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board (PSSSB), a PCS officer Navjot Singh Randhawa and some other employees of the board for recruiting 2,450 teachers by allegedly bending rules and tampering with the record during the regime of former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

The chief secretary, while interacting with media here, refused to comment upon the fate of those teachers, saying it would depend on the outcome of the investigations, which was a legal process.

Brig. Harika, was handpicked by former CM Amarinder Singh and made chairman of PSSSB in December, 2002.

It was alleged that the selection committee recruited at least 52 teachers, masters, mistresses by tampering with the merit list of the candidates.

Moreover, 90 of the teachers who were selected, did not qualify for the job. The alleged bungling was also reported in the case of general category teachers.

The suspects have been booked under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 201, 120-B, IPC, and Sections 7, 131-D of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.


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