Within days of hinting at a large-scale "impersonation" in an exam for the appointment of junior basic trained (JBT) teachers held during the present political incumbent in 2009, senior IPS officer Laik Ram Dabas has been shunted out of the State Crime Record Bureau (SCRB).
On June 16, HT had reported how the Madhuban-based SCRB had unearthed anomaly in the recruitment process. Of 3,000 cases examined, so far, at least 100 are in which the thumb impressions of candidates do not match with the appointed people.
In all, 8,514 teachers were appointed on the basis of the written test conducted on July 24, 2009, by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government.
The SCRB was scheduled to complete the investigation and hand over the final report to the directorate of elementary education (DEE) by August but sources say that transferring Dabas at this juncture may jeopardise the investigation that has put the Haryana government in a spot.
Dabas, an officer of the rank of additional director general of police (ADGP), had, on June 15, confirmed to HT officially that several cases of impersonation were detected after matching the fingerprints. Following directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, the DEE had approached the SCRB to examine the fingerprints to detect cases of fraud in appointments.
Sources said certain candidates had filed a petition against alleged irregularities in the recruitment process. Officials said it was for the first time that personal details of government employees were being scrutinised in such a large number to detect impersonation.
Dabas is now posted as the ADGP (reforms), considered to be a "punishment assignment" in the bureaucratic circle as it is not a regular post of the Haryana police. SS Deswal, ADGP (crime), has been given the additional charge of the SCRB director.
"During my stint at the SCRB, I did my best in discharging my duty honestly. It is up to the state government to assess my work," Dabas said on Monday while refusing to comment further.Sources in the state police, however, said the "revelation" had caused embarrassment to the Hooda government that is cashing on the conviction of Indian National Lok Dal's top leaders in the 2001 JBT teachers' recruitment scam.
A senior official said it was becoming common that officials who do not tow the political incumbents were appointed on "inconsequential posts", while a select few were given coveted posts.
"The recruitment of government employees always has a political connotation. No political party wants to earn the wrath of voters, particularly those in government jobs, and that's why in spite of unearthing the 2009 JBT recruitment scam, all political parties had taken just a symbolic note of the important issue, while the officer (Dabas) faces an unceremonious exit," said a government official on the condition of anonymity.