Srinagar: The J&K High Court has directed Director State Vigilance Organization as well as Health and Medical Education Department to produce record regarding action taken on the cases of inquiry conducted into selection of Dawasazs (pharmacists) on certificates allegedly issued fraudulently by Indian Science of Medicines (ISM) in 2008.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Hasnain Massodi also granted government three weeks time to file objections to the petition filed by “RTI activist” Abdul Rashid Tantry of Kupwara district.
According the PIL, Director ISM in connivance with the top officials of the Directorate in 2008 allegedly issued fake pharmacists diploma certificates to around 400 persons, who later got jobs under NHRM scheme.
“The issue with regard to the issuance of certificates by (Director ISM) on mala fide considerations for his vested interests being a blatant fraud and providing public employment subsequently under HRHM Scheme is serious misconduct covered by Sec 5(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act, for which FIR should have immediately been lodged against the director,” he said.
The court has also directed that appointments made shall be subject to result of the PIL.
The petitioner has also sought transfer of Director ISM to prevent tempering with of the record until investigation into the matter was completed.
The State Government, he said, should be directed to make legitimate selection of candidates for imparting Dawasaz training to them through bonafide selection process.
He said that in 2008 a list of 994 candidates was nominated through backdoor means by the ISM Directorate for undergoing “Dawasaz” training. After a complaint was filed by some aggrieved candidates, the Government cancelled the list, vide order (No: 121 HME (GR of 2008)) on October 17, 2008, he said.
The ‘backdoor’ selected candidates, he said, filed a writ petition in High Court which was dismissed subsequently.
However, the Court had directed Government to expeditiously frame and formulate the norms and procedure for making nominations for undergoing Dawasaz training course.
The Director ISM, he said, again violated the Court orders and issued diploma certificates to people without any training institute established in J&K.