The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday issued a notice in a case of obtaining an appointment on the basis of a fake caste certificate.
In this regard, notices have been issued to the Chief Engineer of State Government and Public Works Department (PWD) Jabalpur, including S.C. Verma and others.
The case was heard before a single-judge bench of Justice Sanjay Dwivedi. During the hearing, Senior Advocates Prashant Singh and Anshul Tiwari appeared on behalf of petitioner, RTI activist AK Singh, a resident of the Vijay Nagar, Jabalpur.
The Counsel argued that S.C. Verma, posted as Chief Engineer in PWD, Jabalpur, had resorted to a fake caste certificate at the time of his appointment. The original appointment was as Assistant Engineer in the PWD. On July 10, 1992, at the time of appointment, he has mentioned himself as an applicant of Scheduled Tribes. The caste certificate which was attached for this was fraudulent. Due to this, one post of Assistant Engineer reserved for Scheduled Tribe applicants was stripped of the actual entitlement, alleged the petitioner.
It was further argued that Chief Engineer S.C. Verma belongs to the Dhangar caste, which according to the list published on November 19, 1984, falls in the category of backward class. Interestingly, Verma took advantage of the facilities available under the backward class by using the Dhangar caste for his education.
It is also worth mentioning that Suresh Kumar Dhangar, a relative of Verma, got an appointment to the post of Assistant Grade-2 in PWD. But when he complained, he resigned from his post.