THE LUCKNOW bench of the Allahabad High Court has asked the State Government to furnish all documents and records relating to the controversy in which the State Government appointed 316 people against 84 posts advertised in the Class IV category. Most of the appointees belonged to only one region and caste.
Passing the order, Justice DP Singh asked the opposite parties to file a counter-affidavit within two weeks and furnish the documents before the next hearing on January 4, 2007.
Hindustan Times had published a report on the appointments anomalies, “Region and caste play the decider” (November 15). The petitioner, Mohd Athar Siddiqui, had appeared for an interview. He claimed that the process adopted in the appointment of Class IV employees was “arbitrary, illegal and unjust”.
He asked how the State Government could appoint 316 people when only 84 posts were advertised. He alleged the appointments were made in accordance with what the chief minister desired. Thus, only an interview was held and there was no written test, he added.
Terming the appointments procedure biased, the petitioner said persons who had links with Etawah, Mainpuri and Saifai were given more chances than those from other districts. A particular caste was given preference and this could ascertained from the relevant list and the records, added Siddiqui.
He said a copy of the relevant appointment papers had not been given to the appointees.
The State Government also violated a Supreme Court order (Bihar State vs Madan Mohan Singh in 1994) that State Governments could not appoint more people than the number of posts advertised, it was alleged. No additional appointment could be made without further advertising the vacant posts, said the Supreme Court order. Secretariat administration employees’ leader Wasim Siddiqui alleged that after the court asked the State Government to furnish all records, the selection committee was trying to tamper with the original records.