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Haryana IAS officer says Hooda flouted rules to appoint top officials

Adding more fuel to the controversy over appointment of the three Right to Service Commissioners and two Information Commissioners by the Haryana government, IAS officer Pradeep Kasni has alleged irregularities in the actions.

On Sunday, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda administered the oath of office to the commissioners despite the fact that they were not given appointment letters by Kasni.

The IAS officer told media that he was harassed by the Haryana Chief Secretary for not toeing the government line. Explaining his decision to hold back the appointments, Kasni said that he did not authorise the appointment letters because all the three recommended as the state information commissioners were holding office of profit on the date of meeting of the statutory committee.

Alleging gross irregularities in all the five commissioners’ appointment, Kasni said that his signed documents were tampered with and overwritten.

It is not just Kasni but the Opposition too charged the Hooda government alleging that the appointments were made flouting the rules and procedures, as the CM had administered the oath barely an hour after the new Governor, Kaptan Singh Solanki took charge. In the past, the Information Commissioners were administered the oath by the Governor.

Opposition parties including INLD and BJP attacked the Hooda government for showing “haste” in making the appointments and pointed out that even Haryana’s Secretary, Administrative Reforms, Pradeep Kasni, has red-flagged the appointments on the grounds that rules had allegedly not been followed.

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