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In Punjab, Another Decade, Another Scam

Long before Vyapam, the Punjab Public Service Commission sarkari job-for-cash scam caused a scandal in both civil and judicial recruitment.

In Punjab, Another Decade, Another Scam
In Punjab, Another Decade, Another Scam
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2017-11-11T10:49:06+05:30

In 2002, long before Vyapam, the Punjab Public Service Commission sarkari job-for-cash scam caused a scandal in both civil and judicial recruitment. It was alleged that candidates bribed their way past the recruitment process between 1999 and 2001 when Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu (once the Punjab correspondent of The Hindu) was chairman of the commission. It was said that between 1996-2002, Sidhu hijacked the entire commission, himself appointing examiners and running the racket through touts. Influential people went to him for favour, others paid cash, politicians patr­onised him. After the scam was uncovered, over 600 appointments were set aside initially on suspicion of nepotism and bribery. The state offered to re-induct them through re-examinations.

After initial inquiries, the Punjab and Haryana HC sacked 39 judicial officers and later decided to fire 57 such appointees. The HC had also withdrawn work from three sitting judges, alleging Sidhu had helped with their children’s appointments. These charges were later ruled out by the Supreme Court. There...

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