Focus is back on controversial UPPSC selections
Alleging favoritism in selections, a group of unsuccessful candidates had filed a slew of petitions in the Allahabad High Court against the then controversial chairman of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission.lucknow Updated: Jul 21, 2017 17:47 IST
The Yogi Adityanath government’s decision to go for a CBI probe into the alleged anomalies in the PCS appointments during the Samajwadi Party (SP) regime has brought the focus back on what was billed as the ‘Vyapam’ scam of Uttar Pradesh.
Alleging favoritism in selections, a group of unsuccessful candidates had filed a slew of petitions in the Allahabad High Court against the then controversial chairman of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) Anil Kumar Yadav. Academically unfit to hold the position, the UPSC chief, they alleged, was handpicked for the job to manipulate the selection process and favour candidates of a particular caste.
The appointments scam campaign hit the headlines when in a setback to the then SP government, the Allahabad HC quashed the appointment of Yadav on October 15, 2015. The court held Yadav’s appointment arbitrary, illegal and against the provisions of the Constitution of India but also ordered the state government to start a fresh selection process for appointment to the post.
That the alleged discrepancies and complaints related to appointments figured on the top agenda of chief minister Yogi Adityanath became clear when he summoned the new UPPSC chief Anirudh Yadav in April and asked him to put all appointments on hold.
Anil Kumar Yadav took over as the UPPSC chairperson in April 2013. Three PCS examinations were conducted during his tenure. The petitioners alleged that of the 86 sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) selected in the last three exams, 56 belonged to a particular caste.
“We had cited 23 results. The Yadav community took not just the OBC share of 27 per cent but 40-45 per cent of general seats as well in the PCS exams held for 2011, 2012 as well as 2013,” said Ayodhya Singh, one of the petitioner. Similarly, 72 of the 389 PCS officers selected were from this caste. Of the 111 OBC candidates, the 45 who got through also belonged to this caste. This was besides the 27 successful candidates of the same caste in general category, the petitioners said.
“We had presented before the HC results of over a dozen examinations conducted by UPPSC in the last three years to prove that this racket is bigger than Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam scam,” said Awaneesh Pandey, a co-petitioner.
Demanding a CBI inquiry and removal of UPSC chairman, the petitioners formed various fonts like ‘Bhrashtachar Mukti Morcha,’ ‘Pratiyogi chatra sangharsh samiti’ etc to take their fight to logical conclusion.
They claim that around 3,000 appointments of PCS officers including that of PCS (J) were carried out during Yadav’s tenure. But the total figure could be up to 20,000 if the government decides to probe all the appointments, including that of doctors and engineers that were done during the SP regime, according to one estimate.