The Punjab and Haryana high court was informed on Tuesday that showcause notices had been issued to 293 government railway police (GRP) constables selected in Haryana between 2003 and 2005 through a 'tainted' process to explain as to why their services should not be terminated.
The recruitment was made during then Haryana director general of police (DGP) MS Malik's tenure. The information was submitted during the resumed hearing of a case by superintendent of police (railways), Ambala cantonment, in compliance with the court directions.
It was informed that a total of 293 officials are at present in service out of a total of 312 selected by the selection board against 350 posts of constables.
But appearing for some of the candidates, their counsel submitted that they would not be able to defend themselves unless they get to know the contents of the probe report by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the case that had found the process tainted.
On this, the division bench comprising acting chief justice Ashutosh Mohunta and justice HS Sidhu said they would first like to read the CBI report in the case which is in a sealed cover with the high court. Thus, the case was adjourned for the next hearing on November 29.
On the previous date of hearing, the court had said, "The matter is serious in nature in view of the completely tainted process of selection and the refusal of the state government to scrap that process," the court said, adding that this was despite the fact that the CBI had found that the entire selection process was illegal and the records were fabricated.
In the case, the CBI special court, Panchkula, had framed charges of cheating, criminal conspiracy, forgery and corruption against former DGP MS Malik for alleged irregularities in the recruitment, on February 22 last year. Malik, who retired in 2006, is an active member of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and is considered close to the Chautalas.
The high court had handed over the case to the CBI on December 13, 2004, and the case was registered at the Chandigarh branch on June 19, 2006.