Gauhati, September 10, 2019:
In the latest twist in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) scam case, the Gauhati High Court has directed that some of those who were discharged from service, will now be given ‘subsistence allowance’.
The candidates of the APSC who were arrested on charges of obtaining jobs by paying bribe were initially suspended from service and later on, they were discharged.
The discharge order was challenged before the Gauhati High Court by 48 candidates as illegal, arbitrary, violative of the principles of natural justice and also on the ground that the discharge order is violative of Article 311 of the constitution of India and also the procedures laid down in the Assam Services Discipline and Appeal Rules.
In addition to that, the grievance of the petitioners is that they have not been given an opportunity to be heard. Only on the basis of the allegations leveled against them, they were discarded.
On September 9, the Gauhati High Court directed that in cases where the discharge orders has been stayed by the Court shall be paid subsistence allowance.
Like many public service commissions (PSCs) across the country, the APSC, which recommends candidates for appointment to state government jobs, has been in the news for the wrong reasons for nearly three decades.
The current investigation emerged out of a preliminary inquiry carried out by Mukul Saikia, a superintendent of police at the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Wing of the Assam Police, against Rakesh Kumar Paul, then chairman of the APSC, in December 2013. Saikia concluded that Paul had opened a “job bazaar”, and engaged two persons to “bargain and collect money” from candidates.
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