February 22, 2019
The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) exam held in 2010 for selection in 250 posts of additional private secretary (APS) in the state secretariat is under probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for nepotism, misconduct and alleged irregularities.
As per agency sources, the preliminary enquiry was registered against unknown officials and private persons on February 14 on the request of the Uttar Pradesh government on September 12, 2018. The Centre also issued an order in the matter in January this year.
This is troubling news for Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, who was Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister from 2007 to 2012.
What are the allegations for unfair practices in the UPPSC 2010 examination?
As per the source, certain non-deserving candidates in the UPPSC 2010 examination were shown undue favours and selected by “unknown officials” even when they did not fulfil the eligibility criteria.
“Some of the selected candidates were close relatives of the then UPPSC officials,” the source added, according to PTI.
The advertisement for the selection in 250 posts was published in 2010, and Mayawati was the Chief Minister of the state at the time. However, the appointment process was completed on October 3, 2017, informed the source.
The UPPSC exam for the 250 APD posts was held in three phases while the results were declared in two parts.
But of the selected candidates, 237 were made to join the posts on October 3, 2017, when the BJP government came to power in the state.
CBI secures permission from UP govt to conduct probe
In May 2018, the CBI had sought a clarification of the matter from UPPSC regarding the 2010 exam but the commission said that the request was “out of the purview of the probe.”
So, the UPPSC did not supply the required documents.
The CBI then sent a letter to the UP government seeking permission to probe the case.