Thursday, September 1, 2016

Asst Grade appointment: HC quashes charge sheet

KOCHI: Kerala High Court has ordered a re-inquiry into the case related to Kerala varsity Assistant recruitment scam. Former Vice-chancellor and CPM leaders are accused in the case.

The court ordered the re-inquiry after cancelling the charge sheet submitted by the Crime Branch, which had made seven persons accused in the case.

The court observed that there was no clarity and punctuality in the charge sheet. The Crime Branch was not ready to take the statements of those who allegedly got appointments through illegal means.

The accused in the case are former vice-chancellor M K Ramachandran Nair, former Pro VC Dr V Jayaprakash, former Syndicate members A A Rasheed, B S Rajeev, M P Razal, K A Andrew and former Registrar K M Hashim.

Now, as the court has cancelled the charge-sheet filed two years ago, the case will again be returned to the Crime Branch. The inquiry can be handed over to existing officials or some other officials.

Following the allegations of corruption, a committee under Justice K Sukumaran conducted the inquiry. This was later taken over by the Crime Branch.

It was in 2005 that the Kerala University had invited application for the post of Assistants. In 2008, the rank-list was published and 1401 names appeared in it. From that 200 candidates were selected through interviews and with that erupted allegations of irregularity in the appointments.

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