Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bolangir, Mar 10:
Ending the air of uncertainty over the fate of 169 revenue inspector (RI)s, amins and assistant revenue inspector (ARI)s appointed in Bolangir district in 2013, the Odisha government today annulled the appointments. However, the Odisha Administrative Tribunal (OAT) ordered an interim stay on the district administration’s decision.
The OAT in its interim order ruled that the appointments cannot be annulled without giving an opportunity to the appointees to put forth their side as it violates sub section (ii) of section 311 of Cr PC.
Bolangir collector M Muthu Kumar today issued a notification terminating appointment of 169 revenue inspector (RI)s, amins and assistant revenue inspector (ARI)s appointed in Bolangir district in 2013 with immediate effect.
The state government on March 4 had ordered the RDC (Northern) with a copy marked to the Bolangir district collector to take appropriate steps to declare appointment of revenue inspector (RI), amin and ARIs in Bolangir district in 2013 as null and void.
Manoranjan Jena, under secretary, department of Revenue and Disaster Mitigation vide letter bearing no.7467 dated March 4, 2016 had asked the RDC (Northern) to declare the appointments null and void and scrap the appointments.
It may be mentioned here that in 2013 as many as 1,400 candidates had appeared a test in different schools and colleges in Bolangir town to qualify for the total 169 posts of RI, amins and ARI.
Several candidates had expressed dissatisfaction over the results of the test and had alleged of irregularities. The answer sheets of the test were allegedly kept in the residence of the then district collector Debraj Mishra instead of being kept in the strong room as per standard operating procedure. Candidates had alleged that the answer sheets were tampered with at the collector’s residence.
A RDC level probe and an inquiry by the vigilance was conducted into the alleged irregularities committed during the test following which cases were registered against then Bolangir collector Debraj Mishra, three BDOs and a deputy collector. Even Mishra was arrested.