Friday, January 25, 2008

HCS records tampered with: Dalal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
If submissions made by Haryana MLA Karan Singh Dalal, after the inspection of HCS selection records of 2001, are to be believed, marks were increased by way of cutting, using different ink, “in majority of answer-sheets of selected candidates” scrutinised by his team of counsels.

In a nine-page report submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Dalal, through his counsels, had also claimed that the “manipulations” made it clear that the interview board members were carrying list of persons they wanted to select.

In all, the examination of answer-sheets of 10 successful candidates was carried out after the verification of the interview marks under the high court directions.

Taking up the matter this morning, a Division Bench of the high court, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia, directed the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) to handover the record of remaining 53 successful candidates.

Issuing the directions, the Judges asked the HPSC to furnish within three days the record in a sealed cover for keeping it in the safe custody of Registrar (Judicial). Fixing February 12 as the next date of hearing in the matter, the Judges also gave two weeks time to HPSC counsel to file reply to the inspection report.

The detailed report of inspection carried out by Haryana’s former Advocate General and Dalal’s counsel Mohan Jain and his team mentioned that in case of selected candidate Kuldhir Singh, the son of then Chief Minister O.P. Chautala’s political advisor Sher Singh Badshami, marks were given for five questions in the history papers, while only four were attempted.

Similarly, in the case of Jagdeep, a close relative of the then HPSC chairman Dr K.C. Bangar, it was observed some of the questions were attempted afterwards, maybe outside the examination hall. In this case also marks were awarded for five questions in the geography paper, while only four questions were attempted.

In the case of Surinder Kumar as well, a relative of O.P. Chautala, some of the question were attempted afterwards or outside the examination hall.

Marks were increased using different ink in case of Sarita Malik, daughter of the then state police chief M.S. Malik.

The report further added that cuttings were found in English paper of Jag Niwas. In his sociology paper, he initially failed, but marks were increased to pass him. For Kamlesh Kumar, marks in English/English essay papers were increased by overwriting.

However, in the case of roll numbers 8055, 7922, 6943, 6317, 14539, and 8577 the marks were found to be deducted.

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