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Gauhati High Court directs Assam govt to probe corruption allegations in Directorate of Welfare of Scheduled Castes

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Gauhati Sept 2(ILNS): The Gauhati High Court on September 01, directed the Chief Secretary to the Government of Assam, to constitute a Committee of senior officers to look into the allegations regarding corruption in a Directorate.

The Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhuliya and Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak passed this direction while disposing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by NGO,  Amguri Naba Nirman Samity regarding corruption in a Directorate, which is the Directorate of Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Assam.

P J Saikia, Counsel for the Petitioner has stated that the PIL can be disposed of with a direction to the Chief Secretary to the Government of Assam to dispose of the pending representation filed by the Petitioner either by himself or by a committee which may be constituted by him.

In view of the submission of the Counsel for the Petitioner, the Court held that since there are several documents annexed to the Petition, many of which are RTI information received by the Petitioner and which can be verified by the respondents, “we dispose of this PIL without calling for a counter affidavit with a direction to the respondent no. 2, i.e., the Chief Secretary to the Government of Assam, to constitute a Committee of senior officers to look into the allegations made in the aforesaid representation filed by the petitioner and to dispose of the same, in accordance with the law, after giving an opportunity of hearing to the petitioner by passing a speaking order”, orders the Court.

The Court clarified that while constituting the Committee, care must be taken to ensure that the officials, who are members of the Committee, are not the ones against whose department allegations have been made and the needful is done as early as possible, preferably within a period of twelve weeks from the date of receipt of a certified copy of the order.

It is pertinent to note that Petitioner (NGO) in the past filed five other PILs out of which one  PIL has been disposed of and the remaining four are still pending before the High court, which is again regarding the issue of corruption in the various departments of the State Government./ILNS/SS/SNG

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