Court reserves judgement on backdoor appointment PIL

Court reserves judgement on backdoor appointment PIL
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PSAN & ACAUT determined to uproot corruption

Kohima, July 26: The Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench today reserved its observation on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by ACAUT Nagaland along with Public Service Aspirants Nagaland (PSAN) against backdoor appointments in 35 different government departments of the State.
Disclosing this to media persons here this evening, PSAN and ACAU leaders said that the Court took the case for hearing headed by Justice Miachael Zothunkhuma and after listening to the counsel of all the parties involved the judge reserved pronouncement of observation.
Nonetheless, PSAN and ACAUT decided to wait for the order to come out from the court and then decide about the next course of action on the issue, said PSAN member Ngukato Tsuipu and ACAUT core member Tia Longchar.
In the PIL, ACAUT and PSAN have alleged that over 700 backdoor appointments were made by 35 different government departments in the State.
In this regard, the PIL pleaded the Court to “quash and set aside the appointment of 51 backdoor appointees appointed against NPSC posts; and since the appointments were made after the court had banned backdoor appointments through its judgement on June 6, 2016 to treat such appointments as contempt of court.”
It also pleaded to quash the Office Memorandums of 4/8/2008 and 11/8/2016, which confers powers upon the government to regularize all backdoor appointments after 3 years of service, which it said was in total contravention of the SC judgment.
The PIL further pleaded the court to “terminate the services of all 655 backdoor appointments made against NPSC posts, that is, appointed between the Umadevi judgment of 2006 and Gauhati HC order, Kohima, dated 6/6/16 Or requisition all the 706 (655+51) posts to the NPSC for general recruitment through open competitive examination and to submit the detailed status report of the 705 backdoor appointees before the court.”
“We have made strong decision not to back off in our fight against backdoor appointment and corruption in the state,” said Tsuipu, affirming that “what we have started in the last 2-3 years has been a tremendous journey for all of us, and even if the court does not favour us, we have decided to continue fight against backdoor appointments and corruption”.
“We are not fighting for ourselves or own selfish motives but we are fighting for the cause of justice. Our primary objective is that all the people of the state should get equal opportunity in the matter of entry in the government services through competitive exams,” he affirmed.
“The departments are not following the government directives, rules and regulations. What is so pathetic is that the government makes the rules and regulations but they are the ones who break the same. If we don’t rise against this kind of system, ill-corrupted government, then our state is at loss. If this system is not removed, then we have a very bleak future,” he said.
ACAUT core committee member, Tia Longchar said, “For too long, in the state of affairs in Nagaland, parents have been silent on this”.
This is a vicious cycle and someone has to stop this, he said, adding that “PSAN and ACAUT is determined to see that this vicious cycle which is eating us up, the vitals of our society, hardwork, honesty and merit, is uprooted. (Page News Service)