Tamil Nadu

Unemployed youth behind interview call letters sent to judge

Bench pardons him with a warning

A police inquiry ordered by the Madras High Court following many interview call letters received by one of its judges for clerical jobs has revealed that it was a jobless youth who had shared the judge’s name and residential address with some private manpower agencies in an attempt to bring to light the existence of agencies that cheat gullible youngsters.

A Division Bench of Justices N. Kirubakaran and S. Vaidyanathan was informed by Additional Advocate General C. Manishankar that it was 25-year-old Bharathiraja, a diploma holder in civil engineering, who had made five genuine recruitment agencies to send interview call letters to Mr. Justice Vaidyanathan since a fake agency had attempted to cheat him.

After interacting with the youngster as well as his father in their chambers, the judges directed the police not to register any case against him since there was no criminal intent behind his actions. The judges, however, warned him not to indulge in such activities in the future and also obtained a written undertaking that he would not misuse judges’ names anywhere.

The Division Bench further directed the police to continue the probe against the recruitment agency that had sent a fake appointment letter to the youngster with emblems of the State as well as Central government for the post of a clerk in Rajiv Vikas Yojana and demanded ₹12,500 from him for providing a laptop before joining the job.

Since it was reported to the court that all five manpower agencies from where the judge had received interview call letters were genuine agencies, the Bench ordered that the names of those agencies be removed from the list of respondents in a suo motu writ petition taken up by the court on October 1, despite it being a Sunday, in view of the seriousness involved in the issue.

Initially, the judges suspected that a mega job racket was taking place in the State.

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