Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Apr 3:
The Odisha High Court today sought a detailed report on issues relating to “fake appointments” in the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), eleven years after a PIL was filed on the issue in 2003.
A division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice A K Goel and Justice A K Rath directed the principal secretary of the state Urban Development department to file an inquiry report on the matter by July 17.
A senior journalist Pradeep Kumar Sahu had in 2003 filed a PIL alleging at least 146 fake appointments made in the CMC. The Court’s directive to the government came in response to Sahu’s PIL.
The petitioner had maintained that another 144 people were given appointment in the CMC between 1998 and 2002 with the help of fake appointment orders. He had alleged that some officials had swindled money to the tune of Rs 3 crore, which was drawn as salaries of these “non-existent employees”.
Sahu had demanded CBI inquiry into the fake appointments.
While the state Crime Branch has arrested few officials in this connection after conducting a probe, the PIL was not taken up for hearing all these years.