Jobs, Admissions secured under reserved category using forged caste certificates cannot be held valid: SC
A bench, headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, did not concur with the findings of the Bombay High Court that if a person continues in service for a long period of time and the certificate is found to be fake at a later stage, then he or she may be allowed to continue in the service.
The Supreme Court on 6 July 2017 held that government jobs or admissions secured under the reserved category by using forged caste certificates cannot be held valid or sustained in the eyes of the law.
A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, did not agree with the findings of the Bombay High Court of 2014 that public servants who got their jobs using fake caste certificates and have spent a considerable time in service should be allowed to continue in the service. Justice DY Chandrachud was the second judge on the bench.
The apex court, however, said the findings of its verdict would not be made applicable with retrospective effect and would be applied now onwards.
The verdict came on a batch of petitions including the one filed by the Maharashtra government against the Bombay High Court judgement.
The Supreme Court, however, said that the findings of its verdict would not be made applicable with retrospective effect and would be applied now onwards.
As earlier reported by PTI, Jitendra Singh, the Minister of state for personnel, in a written reply to Lok Sabha on 29 March 2017 said that 1832 appointments were allegedly secured on the basis of fake caste certificates.
He informed, of these appointments, 276 had resulted in suspension or removal, 521 were entangled in litigations and disciplinary proceedings were pending in the remaining 1035 cases.
A total of 1,296 cases of jobs secured allegedly through fake caste certificates were under the Department of Financial Services. As many as 157 such cases were in State Bank of India, 135 in Central Bank of India, 112 in Indian Overseas Bank, 103 in Syndicate Bank, and 41 each in New India Assurance and United India Assurance.