GUWAHATI, Feb 3 - The Gauhati High Court has directed the State Chief Secretary to conduct an inquiry into the role of State Level Police Recruitment Board chairman Pradeep Kumar vis-à-vis steps initiated for selection of a professional agency to facilitate recruitment in various posts in the Assam Police and other departments that may be entrusted by the government to it for the financial year 2018-19.
The direction came in the wake of a writ petition filed by petitioners who alleged gross irregularities in the entire process of selection of an agency. The court, in response to the petition, also quashed the contract awarded to Amain Tech Consultants Private Limited and directed the board to conduct the process afresh.
“Having noticed that the chairman of the State Level Police Recruitment Board has made intentional, deliberate and false statement in his affidavit, this court is of the considered opinion that as this writ petition has been allowed, instead of wasting precious time of this court on the matter, the said conduct of the board be brought to the notice of the Chief Secretary with a direction to depute an officer to conduct an enquiry in the role of the chairman and to bring the enquiry to its logical conclusion,” the court said in its order issued recently.
The court is of the considered opinion that the petitioner has been able to demonstrate that the selection process is vitiated in this case and accordingly, the selection of the professional agency (Amain Tech Consultants Private Limited) for implementation of transparent recruitment policy, the notification of award of contract issued by the Chairman, State Level Police Recruitment Board, Assam in favour of the Amain Tech and the contract agreement are set aside and quashed. “Consequently, it would be open for the State Level Police Recruitment Board to carry out the process afresh,” the court ruled.