Jal Nigam job scam probe: Azam Khan tells SIT he had no role in recruitments
Azam Khan was summoned by SIT to record his statement on charges of irregularities in recruitment on 1,300 posts in the Nigam during the SP government.lucknow Updated: Jan 22, 2018 23:12 IST
Former UP minister Azam Khan said on Monday he told the Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the alleged Jal Nigam recruitment scam, that he had no role in the recruitments.
“Recruitments are the work of the government department and not the minister or chairman of Jal Nigam,” the SP leader said.
- The state government has already terminated the services of 122 assistant engineers after detecting irregularities in their recruitment. The SIT conducted a raid on Jal Nigam office in Lucknow on September 22 last year and seized documents connected with the recruitment. The Jal Nigam was set up in 1975 to create a water distribution and sewage network in various cities of the state.
Khan was summoned by SIT to record his statement on charges of irregularities in recruitment on 1,300 posts in the Nigam during the SP government.
He arrived at the SIT office at 12.30 pm where a three-member SIT team — Nageshwar Singh (SP), Amirita Mishra (ASP) and Atal Behari (inspector) — recorded his statement till 2.30 pm.
Later, Khan told media persons that “there is no stain on my political career. The BJP government is trying to malign my image with fake and baseless charges.”
Lashing out at the BJP governments at Centre and in Uttar Pradesh, the former minister said that rather than providing employment to youths, the government is making them jobless. “There has been a phenomenal increase in unemployment under the BJP rule,” he said.
Criticising the SIT probe, he said: “I have the blessings of the youths who were given jobs under the SP government. When SP returns to power, the government will again give jobs to the unemployed.”
Majority of the youths, who were recruited on various posts in the Nigam, belong to poor families and only few are Muslims, whose parents do menial jobs to earn a living, he said.
“The state government is trying to smear my image. I was left with no other option but to reply to the allegations,” he said.
Khan said “as a minister, I have established a university, a medical college and a school in Rampur to provide education to the youths. Majority of the students come from lower middle class and have won laurels in various national competitions. I have no car and live in an old house located in a narrow lane.”
Meanwhile, superintendent of police (SP), SIT, Nageshwar Singh said, the state government handed over the Jal Nigam recruitment scam probe to it in July last year.
There were allegations of large-scale irregularities and corruption in the recruitments. The APTEC — the agency that conducted the test — had admitted that anomalies were committed in recruitment on 1,300 posts, including assistant engineers, junior engineers and clerks.
Khan, the then-urban development minister and chairman of Jal Nigam, was accused of interfering in the recruitment process.
The SIT has recorded the statements of then-secretary, urban development, SP Singh, then-chief engineer of Jal Nigam, AK Khare, former Jal Nigam MD PK Ashudani, officials of APTEC and Ashfaq Khan, officer on special duty.
Nageshwar Singh said SIT is probing whether the recruitments were done according to rules. A report will be sent to a committee, comprising principal secretary (home), DG (SIT) and principal secretary, urban development, for further action. SIT will also send data and answer books of the examination for forensic test.