The adage “justice delayed is justice denied” seems to hold relevance in the case of alleged irregularities in the selection of 67 officers through the Haryana Civil Services (executive branch) and other Allied Services Examination-1999.
The case was filed in the Punjab and Haryana high court by former Palwal Congress MLA Karan Singh Dalal and non-selected candidates 11 years ago and the Supreme Court had directed the high court in March 2011 to decide the case “as early as possible”.
The would-be decision of the high court in the case, heard by seven chief justices of the high court till date, notwithstanding, the selected officers have now reached higher positions in the state government.
During the case hearing on Friday, senior Supreme Court advocate Raju Ramchandran, hired by the Haryana government, requested the court, headed by justice SK Mittal, for early hearing, reminding the Supreme Court directions and also that the case was reserved in February but again it had come up for hearing even after submission of written arguments by all parties. The case was postponed for another six weeks to September 5.
Case reserved for orders, opened again
After hearing the case on a daily basis for five days, the division bench comprising the then chief justice AK Sikri and justice RK Jain reserved its order on February 19. Again on April 1, the bench directed all parties to file written submissions, if any, by April 2 and indicated an early judgment. But justice Sikri was elevated to the Supreme Court on April 12.
Vigilance, forensic lab confirms irregularities
The state vigilance bureau had found that in many cases marks of selected candidates were increased by the way of cutting or overwriting in different ink, pages in answer sheets were changed and some answers were written by outsiders. The findings were also confirmed by the Forensic Science Laboratory, Madhuban (Karnal), in its report dated May 11, 2010.
Selected candidates close to influential people
Selected candidates include Sarita Malik, daughter of the then DGP MS Malik; Kuldhir Singh, son of Sher Singh Badshami, then chief minister Om Prakash Chautala’s political adviser; Ranjit Kaur, sister of the then managing director of Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) Harbaksh Singh among the 14 candidates selected for the HCS posts.
Also, Ghanshyam Singh, who had co-authored a book with Hardeep Singh, the then HPSC secretary, was selected as the district food and supplies controller.
Ashok Rawat, son of the then sitting MLA Bhagwan Sahay Rawat, and Satish Kumar, nephew of the former HPSC member NN Yadav, were among the selected candidates. It was also alleged that various selected candidates namely Jagdeep, Dilbagh Singh, Vijender Singh Dhull and Narender Dhull were in some or the other way related to the then HPSC chairman KC Bangar.