Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Bangar for CBI probe into HCS selections
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
The INLD, which is drawing flak following “exposure” of the alleged irregularities in the HCS selections made during its regime, today fielded former chairman of the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) K.C. Bangar to bat for it, though he made it clear that he decided to speak only after his patience ran out.

Bangar alleged that the record of the commission produced before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which is hearing a PIL filed by Congress MLA from Palwal Karan Dalal against the selections, had been tampered with. By whom and at what level? To find out this, he said, he supported the demand for a CBI inquiry as demanded by two successful candidates, Jagdeep and Kuldhir Singh, in writ petitions filed before the court as well as by the petitioner in his PIL.

While Jagdeep is the husband of Bangar’s niece, Kuldhir is a son of the then political advisor to former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, Sher Singh Badshami.

However, Bangar did not clarify whether the CBI should go into only the issue of “tampering of record” or into the entire selection.

Bangar said “maps”, which were compulsory questions, had been removed from the answer sheets of the two candidates. The inspection of their answer sheets had revealed that they had been awarded marks for five questions, while they had attempted only four questions.

However, Bangar admitted that the record was sealed when he was the chairman of the commission and his counsel was present when it was opened in the court. When asked under these circumstances how anybody could tamper with it, he said that was why the CBI inquiry was required.

In justifying the awarding of higher marks in interview to those who scored less marks in the written examination and less marks in interview to those who scored more marks in the written examination, Bangar had a dig at the judiciary also. He said the two tests were completely different in nature. While the written examination tested one’s bookish knowledge, the interviews tested various aspects of one’s personality. Batting forcefully for his team, he produced lists of candidates of various examinations conducted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Delhi High Court.

Quoting from these lists, Bangar said it was not unusual for a candidate scoring higher marks in the written examination, getting lower marks in the interviews.

He said two girls, Mona Pruthi and Sonia, who made to the IAS after they were not selected in the HCS, did so six years after they sat in the HCS examination. “In these years, they could definitely improve their knowledge and intellect,” Bangar, who described himself as an “international scientist” argued.

He said there were no cuttings in the marks of individual questions and their total as indicated on the index page of every answer sheet. Cuttings or alterations in the marks inside the answer sheets were rather a quality of a fair examiner, he said.

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