It has been many months since the Thareja Committee submitted its report in connection with illegal appointment of employees at Hardayal Municipal Library. But the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has still not taken any action against those involved in the fraud.
During the tenure of former Congress councillor Ashok Jain as the library secretary, the library employed 788 persons between December 2006 and March 2007 in a fraudulent manner.
After the civic agency sacked them, the High Court appointed G.P. Thareja, a retired judge, to probe into the manner in which the appointments were made. The Thareja Committee had submitted its report in June 2009.
The MCD promptly honoured the court’s decision, which upheld the appointments as illegal. However, even after four months, the civic body top brass is non-committal on action to be taken against
Former Mayor Farhad Suri — during whose tenure these appointments were made —defended himself saying, “We had moved (and made appointments) with a premise that
we would open a library in each ward.”
Leader of the House Subhash Arya said, “After the initial High Court decision, those employees had gone in for first and second appeal. It was only some 20 days ago that the court quashed the second appeal. We would now take some action.”
Mayor Dr Kanwar Sain said, “I principally agree that action should be taken against those who enable the fraudulent appointments. We would now decide in the forthcoming meeting of the Library Committee.”