Lokayukta cancels postings in Kerala University

Kerala Lokayukta on Thursday cancelled appointments to Assistant Grade-II posts in Kerala University in 2007, citing irregularities in the conduct of examinations and interview.

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2011, 19:49 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Lokayukta on Thursday
cancelled appointments to Assistant Grade-II posts in Kerala
University in 2007, citing irregularities in the conduct of
examinations and interview.

In its order, Upa Lokayukta G Sasidharan ordered
cancellation of the rank list for the post held in 2007. Many
candidates who got low marks in the examinations found top
places in the rank list after interview, he observed.

The Upa Lokayukta also recommended legal action against
the then Vice Chancellor of the University MK Ramachandran
Nair, Pro-VC V Jayaprakash, syndicate members PS Rajeev, AA
Rasheed, KA Andrew and MP Russell in the case.

The order will affect around 150 employees who got the
postings and had been working in the University for the last
four years. About 40,000 candidates had appeared for the
examination to the post.

A similar order by the Upa Lokayukta in 2008 was set aside
by the High Court which had asked the former to hear the
version of the selected candidates also before pronouncing an
order. Today`s order comes after hearing the version of
candidates who got appointed.

The petition before the Lokayukta was filed by Sujith S
Kurup, a leader of Kerala Students Union, student wing of the
Congress. He said the Lokayukta order would help the case
against the postings pending in the High Court.

The case in the High Court was filed by an applicant Anup S
Nair, a candidate in the examinations who could not find a
place in the rank list now scrapped by the Lok Ayukta.

PTI