The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday appointed retired judge Mohammed Anwar to monitor the investigation to be conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) into the irregularities in recruitment to the post of gazetted probationer by the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) in 1998, 1999 and 2004.
The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice Ashok B. Hinchigeri permitted the CID to complete the investigation in six months based on a submission in this regard by Additional Advocate-General K.M. Nataraj.
The CID decided to conduct a comprehensive probe after the High Court, which had entrusted the probe to it last year following complaints of irregularities, expressed displeasure over the manner of investigation.
Meanwhile, the CID registered a first information report (FIR) against the former Chairman of KPSC H.N. Krishna and some officers, named in the first report, who allegedly got jobs using fake caste certificates.
The CID had sought permission from the High Court to register the FIR but the court had left it to the CID to decide. Some of the officers against whom the allegations have been made have questioned the authenticity of the CID report.
The High Court on Monday allowed all petitioners and all persons, including those who were named in the earlier report, to submit information and material to the CID.
The court has directed the CID to submit details of its investigation to Justice Anwar every alternate day while directing the Government to provide him an office on or before September 1.
A Division Bench comprising Justice K.L. Manjunath and Justice H.S. Kempanna on Tuesday reserved its order on the petition filed by the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa challenging the order of the Special Lokayukta Court, which had directed the Lokayukta police to register an FIR and investigate the private complaint of corruption in awarding contract to RNS Infrastructure for the Upper Bhadra Lift Irrigation Project. The private complaint was filed by JD(S) leader Y.S.V. Datta.