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Supreme Court upholds HC decision: Appointmentby Digvijaya Singh incorrect


BHOPAL: The threat of losing their jobs is looming large over thousands of state government employees who were appointed to various posts during CM Digvijaya Singh’s tenure with the Supreme Court, on Tuesday, upholding a Jabalpur HC judgment, validating the dismissal of Arun Tiwari, who was appointed to Vidhan Sabha Secretariat during Singh’s tenure (1993-2003). The SC concurred with the view of the HC that the ‘appointment was irregular’.

Following the discovery of the ‘irregular appointments’ in Vidhan Sabha Secretariat, CM Shivraj Singh had ordered that all such appointments made during Digvijaya Singh regime should be scrutinised. The list included thousands of employees and they all now face the threat of losing their jobs.

In August 2015, a double bench of the HC including Chief Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice KK Trivedi, disposing a PIL by Mansukh Lal Saraf, had set aside the appointment of Tiwari – a sub-engineer – in violation of rules in 1997 and ordered criminal proceedings against people involved in the recruitment.The division bench had also asked the BJP government to look into more such ‘unlawful appointments’ in other departments in the past so that they could be identified and cancelled.

Arun Tiwari had filed an SLP in the apex court, challenging the HC order, in which the SC had said it did not find any infirmity in the order cancelling Arun Tiwari’s appointment. Additional Advocate General Purushaindra Kaurav informed that a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice JS Kehar and Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice KK Kaul rejected the SLP and also directed the chief secretary to cancel all such appointments.

Senior advocates Rupinder Singh Suri and Vikas Upadhyay appeared for the petitioner while the state of MP was represented by additional advocate general Kaurav and standing counsel for the state government Saurabh Mishra.

It is alleged that 17 persons were appointed to different posts in the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat irregularly during the regime of Digvijaya Singh. As per the charge-sheet filed by the police in district court, Digvijaya Singh has been accused of involvement in 13 fraudulent appointments.