The State government on Sunday suspended seven more IPS officers in connection with the police recruitment scam, bringing the total number of suspended IPS officers to 25. The officers suspended include one ADG, two IGs, three DIGs and one SP.
The appointment of 7,400 constables was also cancelled, taking the toll of dismissed constables to over 18,000. The suspended constables included 1,900 of the PAC and 1,200 of the Police Radio department.
Principal Secretary, Home, JN Chamber told journalists that FIRs would be lodged against the suspended IPS officers and disciplinary action would be taken against them.
Those suspended on the basis of the Shailja Kant Mishra inquiry committee report are: VK Bhalla, ADG; KK Saxena and AD Mishra, both IGs; Malkhan Singh, Prabhat Kumar and VK Agarwal, all DIGs; and GK Goswami, SP.
Chamber said the process of fresh recruitment for the posts that have fallen vacant as a result of the cancellation made by 18 recruitment boards would soon be started.
“The Shailja Kant Mishra report found largescale irregularities in the selection of constables — there was a lot of overwriting and “cuttings” in answer sheets of police examinees. In several answer sheets, it was found that marks were increased by the use of whitener,” he added. “Disparities were also found during the interviews of candidates. While some secured full marks (20), others scored only 1. The inquiry of 25 recruitment boards has been completed and action has been taken.” Reports on eight more recruitment boards have been received. He said reports on 18 recruitment boards are due.
On September 11, the state government had annulled 6,504 recruitments and suspended 12 IPS officers. A week later, 3,964 more policemen were dismissed and six IPS officers were placed under suspension on charges of irregularities in the selection process.
With PTI inputs