Ranchi (TIP): The Jharkhand Vigilance Bureau is all set to file an inquiry report in the Supreme Court in connection to the Jharkhand Public Service Commission scam in light of the apex court’s comment about possible action against the bureau.
In a veiled indication, the apex court has warned the bureau of dire consequences if it failed to file the inquiry report.
The bureau did not file the report for want of directions while the apex court was hearing the petition against the HC order in the JPSC case and subsequently passed an interim order on August 7 staying the order of the subordinate court in the matter.
The Vigilance Bureau had contended that since it had little to do with the investigation in the matter after the case was handed over to the CBI at the behest of the High Court, it did not think it necessary to file the inquiry report in the apex court.
The Vigilance Bureau viewed that unless a specific order was issued to it in this regard, it was not supposed to act on its own. If well-placed sources in the Vigilance Bureau are to be believed, before the High Court order on June 13 for the CBI probe into the JPSC scam came, the bureau was dealing with the case and charge-sheets were filed against many bigwigs including the Commission’s chairman, Dilip Prasad, and its different members. Prasad and his associates are still languishing in jail.
In its subsequent report, the Bureau came out with recommendations for punitive action against candidates selected by unfair means, sources claimed. Acting upon the Bureau’s recommendation, the State Government dismissed 19 candidates selected through the second JPSC examination that was subsequently upheld by the High Court.
However, when the High Court ordered a CBI probe on June 13 into 12 of the 16 examinations conducted by JPSC over the years and debarred 167 candidates of the second Combined Civil Service Examination from their services and salaries while acting upon a PIL in this regard, the role of the bureau was supposed to be over, sources said.
Subsequently, when the affected parties moved to the apex court in appeal against the High Court order, the court issued an interim order to reinstate incumbents debarred by the High Court and directed the CBI to file a status report within a stipulated period of time.