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 Source: IBNLive.com

Meghdoot Sharon, CNN-IBN

Ahmedabad: An RTI query has revealed major irregularities in the appointment of clerical staff in a district court in Gujarat, with most of them being relatives of judges.

Four years after 80 vacancies for stenographers, clerks and peons were filled up, questions are being raised over the transparency in which these appointments were made. Response to an application filed by RTI activist Janki Prasad Shah revealed that 32 of the total 80 selected candidates failed to match the age criterion of 18-25 years. It also revealed that one selected candidate was 48 years old and 18 candidates had not passed the Government-approved typing examination, a pre-requisite to apply for the job.

Notarised official documents provided by the Dahod District court show that about half of the chosen candidates are either related to judges or other judicial officers.

"More than 700 applications were from the district itself. Although all of them were eligible, it was already decided who would be chosen," said Janki Prasad Shah.

Interestingly, many of the full-time appointees were already working on ad-hoc basis. Documents also revealed that they appointed themselves for the posts. Although Raju Solanki's name figured on the list of peons, it was arbitrarily removed a couple of days later.

Both Raju Solanki and Janki Prasad Shah have approached the Gujarat High Court which supervises all judicial appointments. When contacted, the Registrar General of the High Court said that their demand for nullifying the appointments will be forwarded to the Chief Justice.

 
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