When Digvijaya Singh appears in person before police in Bhopal, he is likely to face questions on more than 14 appointments regarding alleged arbitrary merger of services of temporarily appointed employees in the state assembly with government departments.
Singh has been summoned by Jehangirabad police on alleged unauthorized appointments done at his recommendations during his regime from 1993 to 2003.
An FIR was lodged with the police by deputy secretary of assembly secretariat SL Maithli against Singh and 23 others, including the then state assembly speaker Sriniwas Tiwari, under sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120 (B) of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act on February 28 this year.
Police say Singh had recommended services of 14 temporary employees of the state assembly to be merged with different government departments. All these employees were allegedly recruited in violation of the rules.
The police investigation revealed that the former CM recommended merger of the service of an assistant marshal of the state assembly named Kuldeep Pandey with the education department as an assistant teacher.
However, the police on Tuesday identified the person as Rakesh Pandey and not Kuldeep Pandey.
“Actually, it was a case of misprinting. The note-sheet was supposed to be issued for Rakesh Pandey but it was issued in the name of Kuldeep Pandey, due to which Pandey’s services could not be merged with the education department,” said CSP Saleem Khan, leading the investigation.
Khan said services of all accused were merged with different departments on Singh’s recommendations only.
As investigation proceeded, the police made five more persons accused. More persons could be made accused, said the police.
First: Several ineligible persons were recruited at lower posts in the state assembly and later promoted to higher positions
Second: Appointments were made on temporary basis for 6 months as personal staff members of assembly speaker. Later, their services were merged with govt departments within 6 months of their service, at the then CM’s recommendation
As per assembly rules, speaker is authorised to appoint a person as his personal staff for a maximum of 6 months. If this period expires, the same person cannot be appointed again for at least five years.