UP govt withdraws petition in SC on constables' appointment issue
New Delhi: In a big relief to over 18,000 constables whose appointments were put on hold by the erstwhile Mayawati government, the Supreme Court on Friday allowed the UP government to withdraw its petition challenging an Allahabad High Court order on the issue.
The BSP-ruled Mayawati government had moved the apex court in May 2009 after the High Court had passed an order on a PIL alleging irregularities in the recruitment of 18,400 constables made during the regime of Mulayam Singh Yadav in 2005-06.
When the appeal was filed against the High Court's March 4, 2009 order, the apex court had admitted it.
However, the Samajwadi Party Government moved an application to withdraw the appeal which was today allowed by a bench headed by Justice Aftab Alam.
The FIR on the issue was filed in June 2007 after a complaint alleging large scale illegality was made.
The BSP government had appointed Committee headed by a bureaucrat Shailja Kant Mishra which had given its report in Sept 2007.
The state cabinet had then recommended the CBI probe. However, CBI had refused to take up the case.
After the High court had asked the UP government to deal each case after proper scrutiny, it filed the petition in the apex court saying it was difficult to comply with the order of scrutinising the list.
In Lucknow, the SP government said that it has done justice with over 18,000 police constables who were given jobs during its previous stint.
The SP government has tried to undo inhuman attitude of previous BSP government against over 18,000 police personnel who were appointed by the Mulayam Singh government but not allowed to join by the Mayawati regime due to malafide intentions, SP spokesman and Cabinet minister Rajendra Chaudhary said.
"A number of youths committed suicide and a number of them suffered social stigma as they were not allowed to join duty after their selection in the police force," he said.