VO Books Former Top Official for Fraud

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

The anti-graft body in Jammu and Kashmir has booked a former top boss of the government’s prestigious cultural academy for illegal appointments.

The vigilance organization in Kashmir has booked the former secretary of the J&K cultural academy, Rafiq Ahmed Masoodi and others after finding truth in to the allegations of illegal appointments of orderlies, guards, gardeners and sweepers in utter violation of rules and regulations during the year 2006, an official of the anti-graft wing of the police said on Tuesday.

In a statement to CNS, the anti-graft body said that the investigation conducted revealed that a post of gardener was advertised in September of 2003. “It was found that 19 candidates were appointed as guards, orderlies, gardeners and sweepers whereas only one candidate out of these had applied before the due date.”

According to Vigilance Organization the applications of other candidates for these posts were found without date and postal orders which was mandatory. The instigation further revealed that the evaluation sheets prepared by the interview committee had been fiddled with and name of a selected candidate was did not figure in the evaluation sheets prepared by the interview committee and even one of the candidate was not permanent resident of the state.”

“The verification has further found instances of undue favour conferred upon the beneficiaries, who had not applied in time and not fulfilled the requisite formalities as per the advertisement. It has also been found that only two posts of Jr. Assistants were also advertised but 10 people were appointed, whereas only three candidates had submitted their application forms with postal orders before scheduled date.”

The statement read that some of the candidates had even exceeded the maximum age limit. “The services of the candidates appointed illegally have subsequently been regularized and some were even promoted to higher posts. Masoodi in league with the beneficiaries has abused his official position and has thereby conferred undue benefit upon the beneficiaries. Investigation of the case has been taken-up.”

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