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Aggrieved KAS candidates hold massive protest against PSC – Jammu Voice

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Aggrieved KAS candidates while interacting with media.

A massive protest was held by KAS aspirants .The protest led by Mr Vishal Kotwal NSUI President Jammu university.He stated that PSC  has  finally come out of their self imposed deafening silence by issuing date sheet for KAS Examination 2016 . They took 8 months to declare a result and expect us to do wonders in 1 month.

The whole problem as everybody believes has been created by PSC’s carelessness. Had they taken due care before the prelims exam, the problem won’t have surfaced in the first place and exam would have certainly finished by now. Their non methodical ways of doing things and the lack of professionalism, transparency & accountability has created such a mess that it seems a distant reality to get out of the abyss.

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Students holding placards in hands while protest


            It has become a norm for every JKPSC exam to get caught in multiple litigations resulting in undue delays and consequently chaos and frustration. . The only thing that aspirants want  is  postponement of  the  KAS  2016 MAINS examination as there are multiple reasons for the same ,some of which we may list here –

1. Now that PSC has declared the result of 2014 MAINS and we are quite sure that most of the students who are in the list will be writing 2016 MAINS also, it will be ideal to finish the interviews first and declare the final result in a month or so and after that conduct the exams for KAS 2016. That way 51 candidates(eventual selectees of KAS 2014) will be saved from the ordeal of writing mains again. We don’t understand the logic of putting these candidates through the tribulation of writing mains again, pertinent to mention here is the fact that if the exams happen as per PSCs  schedule there is every single chance that the eventual selectees of KAS 2014 will again find their names in the interview list of KAS 2016, which means that they will be cutting down the chances of other probables ,which will pave way for further litigation. This is a needless complication of things which can be easily avoided if the process of KAS MAINS 2014 is completed first and afterwards the KAS MAINS 2016 be completed. Moreover Those appearing for interviews will get only 7 days time to prepare, which by no means will be enough.

2.) There are 429 candidates who were expelled by PSC’s revised cut off and the court granted them interim relief by allowing them to sit in the mains examination to which PSC objected vehemently. The final decision is yet to come and the matter is still subjudice . Even if PSC allow them now they will be left with very little time to prepare . 30 days are not even enough for revision alone leave aside full preparation . Taking into consideration the time lost by them in the litigation process and the physical and the mental pain that these candidates had to go through,it will be gross injustice to them if exams are held as per schedule.This will be denial of equality of opportunity and their sitting in the exams will be no more than a formality.

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        Further there is news coming up that some of the previous 429 candidates who took the matter in court through their individual lawyers were allowed to sit in KAS MAINS 2016, with out putting it in public domain it will be great injustice to those among 429 who were not able to hire lawyers for them.It will be against principle of Natural Justice & denial of equal opportunity ,further compounded by violation of article 14.

3.)One of the important reasons for postponement of mains exam is that the IAS exams conducted by UPSC are scheduled from 28th October to 3rd November. A very important and an efficient lot from the state is appearing in those exams. Since the pattern of these two exams is vastly different from each other and they will have only three days to get themselves ready for Mains examination here.

             We don’t know how can our own state Public Service Commission deny them this chance. Remembering that the same thing happened during Prelims exam 2016 when the date of prelims clashed directly with CGL Tier III  exams and many students were forced to choose between the two. In a state where opportunities are so meagre, we all expect PSC  to be more circumspect and meticulous in choosing the dates.Who knows next CCE may be happening after god knows how many years.

4. The date sheet has been issued just a month before the scheduled exams, and given that the fate of exam is still hanging in courts ,nobody had anticipated that the exams will be held at such a short notice..

Following are some observations-

1)”Rule 8 of SRO 387 does not allow Public Service Commission to resettle the result by fixing a revised cut-off mark with a retrospective effect”.

But they did it anyhow.

2)Rule 31 and Rule 33 of  J&K Public Service Commission (Conduct of Examinations) Rules 2005  prohibits re-evaluation of the answer scripts of the candidates who have appeared in J&K Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination .

But they did it too.
Antriksh Chib aspirant said that in view of these things ,we request  PSC (J&K) to  postpone and shift the exam  to a more convenient date. It will be magnanimous on their part to show to all the disgruntled aspirants who are fuming with anger that JK PSC can be considerate ,humane and rational also.the other aspirants who were present in protest are Raghav,Akshay,Mukesh,Rohit,Jagdeep,Bashir ahmed.Vikram arif ahmed ,Ajaz ahmed,gulzar jamwal ,Rahul Sharma.

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Amid Chorus for Federal Probe Into Kathua Rape, a Look at CBI’s Track Record in J&K

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Family members of those accused in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Jammu’s Kathua have been sitting on a protest since their arrest, demanding an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Their contention is that the current probe by the state police’s Crime Branch is “biased”. Members of the lawyers’ body in Kathua too has demanded the same. As demand swells for a CBI probe, News18 takes a look at the federal agency’s track record in Jammu and Kashmir.

Shopian Double Rape and Murder

On May 30, 2009, the lifeless bodies of a 17-year-old and her 22-year-old sister-in-law were discovered near the shallow Rambi Ara stream in Shopian, south Kashmir. The two had gone to work on their small orchard across the Rambi Ara the previous day.

On the orders of the district magistrate, a three-member team of doctors was called in from nearby Pulwama district to conduct an autopsy. The team confirmed that both women had been raped. A report issued by the Forensic Science Lab Srinagar also confirmed the rape and murder on June 6, 2009. The family alleged that the women were raped and killed by Indian army men.

After a massive public outrage, the state government handed over the investigation to CBI. However, the agency gave a clean chit to five police officials who had earlier been indicted by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the state police that had probed the case earlier.

The CBI attributed the cause of the teen’s death to “asphyxia as a result of ante-mortem drowning” in a stream and said the injuries on her head were “simple in nature, not sufficient to cause death”. In the case of the 22-year-old, the charge-sheet said there were “no ante-mortem injuries” and death was a result of drowning by “asphyxia”.

Pathribal Fake Encounter

In 2003, the CBI took over investigation into the killing of five civilians by Army allegedly in a staged gunfight. The army had picked up the civilians from their homes, killed them and mutilated their bodies beyond recognition before labeling them as Pakistani militants responsible for massacre of 36 Sikhs at Chittisinghpora in 2000.

The CBI in its charge sheet stated that following the killing of Sikhs in Chittisinghpora, the army unit based in the area was under “tremendous psychological pressure” to show results. The CBI indicted personnel of 7 Rashtriya Rifles camped at Shangus in the fake encounter.

The CBI had said the army personnel entered into a criminal conspiracy to pick up some innocent persons and staged an encounter.

The Supreme Court on May 1, 2012 gave the army eight weeks to decide whether the accused should be tried by a regular criminal court or face a court-martial.

On June 29, 2012, the army opted for Court of Inquiry to try the five accused. However, on January 23, 2014, army the closed the case saying the evidence recorded couldn’t establish prima facie case against any of the accused.

The families, in April 2016, filed a writ petition in the High Court, seeking re-opening of the case and re-conducting the trial of all the accused in a criminal court. The writ was dismissed.

Later, the families filed the same writ in the Supreme Court, which on August 17 last year issued notice to the Government of India, army and the CBI, rekindling hope among the families of the victims.

The Supreme Court, however, in August 2017, gave a glimmer of hope to the kin of five villagers killed by the army by admitting a plea challenging a Jammu and Kashmir High Court verdict that upheld the Army’s decision to close proceedings against five soldiers involved.

2006 Srinagar Sex Scandal

The CBI had also investigated the infamous 2006 sex scandal in which two ministers, top police officers and several influential people were among those named as accused. They were charged under various sections of the Ranbir Penal Code, the criminal code applicable in the states, including under Section 376 for the rape of a 15-year-old girl.

The other charges included procurement of girls, intimidation of witnesses and wrongful confinement of the victims.

The trial of the 14 accused was shifted from Srinagar to a Chandigarh CBI court on orders of the Supreme Court.

The court acquitted most of the accused and the CBI drew criticism for not following the case meticulously.

In February this year, a woman who was allegedly involved in the sex scandal claimed that the CBI had forced her to change her testimony.

Interestingly, the name of then J&K CM Omar Abdullah had also surfaced in the case, which led to him resigning from the post in July 2009. The governor had eventually rejected his resignation.

Killing of 4 IAF officers in 1990

The CBI also probed the killing of four Indian Air Force personnel on the outskirts of Srinagar on January 25, 1990.

According to an FIR registered in Police Station Sadder, unidentified militants fired upon Air Force employees living as tenants in Rawalpora, Srinagar on January 25, 1990. In the indiscriminate firing, 40 employees, including a woman, were injured, and two died on the spot. The assailants escaped from the spot.

The CBI took up the investigation on the basis of a state government notification in 1990 and a charge-sheet was filed on August 31, 1990 under Section 120-B read with Section 302 of the RPC, Section 3 and 4 of TADA and Section 27 of Arms Act in the court of 3rd Additional Sessions Judge (TADA case Jammu) against the accused persons.

During the course of trial, a transfer application was filed by the accused, which was rejected after which they approached the High Court in Srinagar to transfer the case. The High Court stayed the proceedings of the trial court. For now, the court at Srinagar is hearing the transfer appeal.

The CBI identified JKLF leaders Mohammad Yaseen Malik, Manzoor Ahmed Sofi, Javed Ahmed Mir, Showkat Ahmed Bakshi, Javed Ahmed Zargar and Ali Muhammad Mir, as accused in the case.

Now, the CBI is seeking transfer of the case to Jammu wing of the High Court.

The Mehran Lateef Case

On May 13, 2008, Mehran Lateef Mir, a three-year-old boy, returned home from the school and in the afternoon stepped out of his home to buy sweets from a local shop. That was the last time his mother saw him.

Following High Court directions, the CBI on February 6, 2014 took over investigation in the case.

After relentless investigations that continued for over two years, the CBI found no clues about Mehran’s whereabouts. The case was closed after a city court accepted CBI’s closure report to the effect.

Ten years have passed since with no news of Mehran.

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J&K govt to probe audio clip on Kathua rape-and-murder case

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The Jammu and Kashmir government has forwarded to probe agencies an audio clip in which two people are heard discussing how money was collected purportedly in the name of the eight-year-old Kathua rape-and-murder victim but never reached her family. In the audio clip, which has gone viral on social media, the two can be heard discussing that a huge sum of money was collected in the name of the victim but that her family did not get it.

The discussion in the audio clip also suggests that a fight has already begun among the people who helped collect funds in the name of the girl. “I have heard the audio clip. When this clip came to me, I forwarded it to agencies for probing it,” Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh told reporters here. He also said the “heinous and barbaric” nature of the killing of the girl that rattled entire country must be deeply probed in all its aspects.

“Those who have done it must be punished severely.” “It is sad what has happened with the girl. No human being can do such an act. It is heinous. It is unfortunate that such an incident has been given communal colour. Court has taken cognizance of it (reports by media). I condemn the attempt to polarize the incident. it should not have happened,” Singh said. He said the episode gave bad name not only to Jammu and Kashmir but to the entire country. Now the case is with the court and the government will act on the directions of the court.

A thorough investigation should be done. Action will definitely be taken, he said. The Deputy CM also said if the court directs for a CBI probe, the J&K government will act accordingly. “The girl should get justice and if anybody feels the probe has been biased they can go to the court and put forth their side,” he said. Asked about a girl from Kulgam (Kashmir) alleging sexual exploitation by a politician, he said, “it has been brought to my notice now and I will verify it. Whosoever is the girl or the politician, justice will be done”.

He said the Congress would play “disruptive politics” in Jammu and Kashmir in coming months and asked people to be cautious of its conspiracies. The way the Congress played politics (over the Kathua case), it is an example of divisive politics of the party.

A right-hand man of (Congress leader) Ghulam Nabi Azad was leading an agitation in Jammu and at the same time they were part of the candlelight march,” Singh said, alluding to Jammu High Court Bar Association President B S Salathia.

Salathia has worked as the chief electoral agent of Ghulam Nabi Azad during the 2014 general elections, which Azad lost.

 

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Cow Shed Scam: MLA permits used pipes instead of fresh material

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An apparent scam has surfaced in Akhnoor block of Jammu district, wherein local legislator of ruling BJP has reportedly permitted ‘used and old’ pipes for the construction of cow shed, instead of fresh material, for which the funds already stand sanctioned.
According to sources, the construction work of Cow Shed was started in February this year, wherein the local MLA authorised the executing agency to get pipes from Public Health Engineering Department, which were already used by the PHE department.
“The MLA had instructed the executing agency to get used pipes from the PHE department, probably free of cost, for installation of tin roof,” said sources, adding that the pipes taken from PHE department were already used.
If sources are to be believed, some of the pipes borrowed from PHE department were rusted, but to give them new look, the executing agency under the patronage of MLA, got them painted.
“The pipes have been taken from the go down of the PHE department without any official auction of the material,” said sources, adding that same pipes are also lying in the godown of the PHE department Akhnoor.
However, a social activist also lodged a telephonic complaint in this regard with Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Akhnoor.

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