HC gives split verdict on petition by MPSC chairman

Mumbai: A division bench of the Bombay High Court on Monday gave a split verdict on a petition filed by former IPS officer and chairman of Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC), Gyanchand Verma, seeking deletion of his name as a suspect in the 2004 multi-crore MPSC scam.

While Justice A M Khanwilkar allowed Verma's petition, Justice A P Bhangale dismissed it. As the two judges have differentiated in their verdict, the petition will now be referred to a single bench.

Verma had approached the High Court last year seeking his name to be removed from the supplementary chargesheet filed in the MPSC paper leak scam in June 2004.

In 2001, MPSC had conducted examination for the appointment of assistants in Mantralaya. However, there were allegations of malpractices in the exam and a case was registered by the Anti Corruption Bureau in 2002.

According to ACB, the original answer sheets were replaced with fake ones, computer data was tampered with and interview marks were hiked arbitrarily. 29 persons were arrested including former MPSC chairman S D Karnik, former examination controller Sudhakar Sarode, MPSC member Sayali Joshi and deputy superintendent of police Baban Kadam in the case.