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High Court orders CBI probe

Anomalies in MPSC recruitment process comes to light

SHILLONG: Smelling a rat in the recruitment to Meghalaya Police Service conducted by MPSC, the High Court of Meghalaya on Thursday ordered a CBI probe into the alleged manipulation in the recruitment to fill up 34 posts of Meghalaya Police Service Officer under Home (Police) department
The order came from the Justice SR Sen in response to a petition filed by a candidate, Millon Ch, Momin, who after clearing physical efficiency test, preliminary written examination, and the subsequent mains written examination, which was conducted from September 8  to 16, 2014, did not find place in the list of successful candidates.
He was also called for personal Interview on December 15, 2014 and the petitioner duly appeared in the same.
However, MPSC declared the results showing 34 names of successful candidates and recommended them for appointment, but the petitioner’s name did not find any place in the merit list
Later, the petitioner found that he had scored total mark of 874 which was higher than the marks obtained by four other successful candidates who obtained 867, 820, 815 and 814 in total respectively.
After hearing the senior counsel for the petitioner, the viva-voce score sheet was called for by the High court and while examining the viva-voce score sheet, it was found that some marks were noted down against certain candidates twice, one with pencil and another with ball pen.
” It is also noticed that in the respective columns in viva-voce score sheet like, Personality, Capacity Command and Confidence, Intelligence, General Knowledge and Special Knowledge, there is nothing mentioned about the specific marks. All of a sudden the total mark mentioned is 39 both with pencil and with ball pen. It appears eraser was used,” the court said.
Biana W. Momin, Chairperson, MPSC, and W.A.M. Booth, Chief Controller of Examination MPSC appeared before the court but, they  could not give any satisfactory answer about the marks given in the viva-voce score sheet.
“After hearing the submissions advanced by the counsels for the parties and after examining the viva-voce score sheet, a doubt gather and to remove the doubt, I feel that an independent enquiry is very necessary”, the Judge said.
Accordingly, the In-Charge Superintendent of Police, CBI,  N.G. Khamrang was called and he appeared before the court
Later, the court directed the CBI officer to conduct a preliminary enquiry to find the actual position and to submit the report within three months.
Justice Sen said that CBI  officer will have full liberty to examine all the documents as well as the persons concerned and the witnesses as and when necessary and to take further steps whatever he feels best for the interest of the investigation and to submit the report within three  months.
The High Court Registry has been directed to hand over thirteen bunch of viva-voce score sheets, and tabulation sheets to the CBI officer immediately.
Besides, the CBI will have all the liberty to seize other documents as and when required for the interest of the investigation.
The matter has been listed after three months for report from the CBI.

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