Tamil Nadu

HC drops DGP’s name from contempt proceedings

Substitutes it with IGP’s name in suo motu action over bogus documents

Two top law officers — Advocate General Vijay Narayan and Additional Advocate General P.H. Arvindh Pandian — on Friday succeeded in convincing the Madras High Court to drop the name of Director-General of Police J.K. Tripathy, now chairman, Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB), from suo motu contempt of court proceedings initiated by the court for the filing of a bogus document in court to win a case.

Acceding to their request, Justice S.M. Subramaniam substituted it with the name of Inspector General of Police N.K. Senthamarai Kannan, Member Secretary of TNUSRB, in the contempt petition. Though the judge was highly disinclined to drop the name of the DGP, the law officers convinced him that the chairman had absolutely no role to play in submission of the bogus document in the court last month and he was not acquainted with the issue.

The issue relates to a writ petition filed by a Grade II constable S. Arunachalam in February challenging TNUSRB’s failure to award him marks for the answer he gave for a particular question in the written examination held for the post of Sub Inspector of Police (Fingerprint). The plea was dismissed on March 13 on the basis of an “expert opinion” obtained by TNUSRB from “a IIT-Madras professor” named D. Moorthy to prove that the petitioner’s answer was wrong.

However, after the dismissal, the constable filed an application under the Right to Information Act of 2005 to find out that no professor by name Moorthy had served in the mathematics department of IIT-M. Immediately, he reported the matter to the court where the TNUSRB officials claimed that their “consultant” G.V. Kumar and his acquaintance D. Moorthy, a retired maths teacher of Kendriya Vidyalaya school situated on IIT-M campus, had impersonated.

The board also informed the court that Central Crime Branch (CCB) police had booked a case against the duo on charges of cheating and impersonation. On the other hand, senior counsel N.L. Rajah, representing Moorthy, asserted that his client had just affixed his signature on the opinion and that someone else had typed his designation as professor of IIT. Kumar’s counsel too alleged that policemen had obtained his client’s signatures on many blank papers after arresting him. After recording their submissions, the judge said he was confident that the Commissioner of Police, Chennai city, would personally monitor the investigation and bring the real culprits to book without sparing anyone including those in TNUSRB. Deciding to monitor the probe, the judge directed the CoP to submit a report in the court on April 22.

He recorded the assurance of TNUSRB chairman that board’s functions would be streamlined. In so far as the dismissal order was concerned, the judge recalled that order and recorded TNUSRB’s statement that it had granted half a mark to all 2,388 candidates, who wrote the examinations because the question itself was found to be faulty. Pursuant to granting the marks, the petitioner and eight others got selected for the post subject to clearance of medical fitness test and verification of their antecedents.

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