HC judge pugalenthy upset with DVAC for delay in probing college irregularities

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HC upset with DVAC for delay in probing college irregularities
Kaushik Kannan | TNN | Aug 27, 2020, 04:14 IST
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Madurai: Taking a serious view into the delay on part of the DVAC to inquire into a complaint made in 2019, regarding irregularities in appointments made at the Devanga Arts College in Virudhunagar district, the Madras high court has put forth certain queries and sought a response from the agency director.
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Hearing a petition filed by S Rajasekaran, justice B Pugalendhi observed that the complainant in his petition had made it clear that the principal of the college himself had come forward and stated that the appointments have been made in a fraudulent manner. That apart, the complainant has also mentioned that he has obtained certain information under RTI Act that no call letters were despatched from the college to any of the candidates who had applied for the posts.

“When these two materials itself make out a prima facie case that the appointments were not made in a proper manner, this court is unable to understand as to how the DVAC had taken a decision to refer this complaint for departmental enquiry,” observed the judge.
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Hence, the judge sought a report from the director of DVAC on the following queries as to why DVAC has chosen to refer the matter for departmental proceedings, instead of an inquiry on the complaint. The judge also sought the yardstick adopted by the DVAC in referring a complaint for departmental enquiry.
The judge also sought response on the number of cases registered by the DVAC in the past five years in the state along with year-wise details and the time taken for getting approval as well as sanction on those cases and its stages.

The judge observed that corruption is a menace to the society and the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) is enacted with an object to eradicate it from the society. “The principle of honesty, integrity and devotion to duty is slowly vanishing from the public servants, mostly because of the delay in the process of investigation and trial,” observed the judge.
The judge further sought a report from the state government with regard to the mechanism adopted for grant of sanction for inquiry and the particulars on the pendency of the complaints at the stage of approval as required under PCA. The case was adjourned to September 8 for further hearing.
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