Atiq Khan

The officers depose before panel that pressure was exerted on them in selection process

Panel not satisfied with the replies of three other officers

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government has revoked the suspension of 22 IPS officers. These officers were suspended for alleged irregularities in the recruitment of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), police and Radio Wireless personnel in 2005 and 2006 during the Mulayam Singh regime.

In all 25 IPS officers were placed under suspension by the Mayawati government, which also sacked over 17,000 recruits. While 22 officers have been reinstated, the case of three others who headed the selection boards for the recruitment of Police Radio Wireless personnel is still pending with the Government.

These officers had deposed before the three-member committee, constituted by the Chief Minister to find out whether pressure was exerted on the officers by the previous regime during the recruitment process. Official sources said the 22 IPS officers in their reports submitted to the panel admitted that pressure was exerted on them. As the panel was satisfied with their replies it recommended to the government that their suspension be revoked. The decision to reinstate them was taken after the Chief Minister’s approval.

The committee was not satisfied with the replies of the other three. The three-member committee was headed by Chief Secretary Prashant Kumar Mishra, with DG Police Vikram Singh and Commissioner of Lucknow Division Vijay Shankar Pandey as members.

Among the officers reinstated are Daljit Singh Chaudhary and Mukul Goel, both on Central deputation as private secretary to the Union Minister of State for Home, Sri Prakash Jaiswal and DIG, ITBP respectively.

The suspension of the IPS officers and dismissal of over 17,000 recruits was recommended by the inquiry panel headed by the former ADG, Special Task Force, Shailaja Kant Mishra.