Haryana suspends public service commission(Lead)

August 10th, 2008 - 2:23 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Pratibha Patil

Chandigarh, Aug 10 (IANS) Governor A.R. Kidwai has suspended the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) following complaints that it manipulated some of the appointments. All nine members of the commission, including its chairman M.S. Saini, were Saturday suspended following the order.

The move came immediately after President Pratibha Patil accepted a presidential reference by the Haryana government seeking removal of the commission.

The commission will remain suspended till the Supreme Court decides on a case in which the Haryana government has alleged that the commission manipulated some of the appointments.

Other suspended commission members include Ranbir Singh Hooda, Dunger Ram, Chhatar Singh, Om Prakash, Santosh Singh, Yudhvir Singh, Satbir Singh and Ram Kumar Kashyap.

All the nine members of the commission, which makes selections for Class I jobs in the state, were appointed by the Om Prakash Chautala government.

The present Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government has been at loggerheads with the commission, whose members have a six-year term.

The Hooda government has meanwhile initiated steps to expand the commission from its present strength of nine to 13.

With the suspension of the present members, the government is likely to appoint new members and select one of them to be the acting chairman.

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