IMA Fraud Case Latest Hearing in Karnataka High Court 22nd Dec 2020

1. Heard the learned counsel appearing for the petitioners and the learned Additional Government Advocate for the State.

2. We have perused the affidavit of Smt. P. Hemalatha, wife of Sri. Ponnuraj, Secretary to the Government, Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Government of Karnataka, Bengaluru.

3. The paragraphs 6 and 7 of the affidavit only refer to orders of posting or transfer. However, there are no specific statements that the persons who are posted or transferred have reported to the competent authority. Moreover, even the post of Law Officer is kept vacant. The State Government shall ensure that all the posts created on the establishment of the competent authority are immediately filled in and the persons posted to occupy the posts, immediately report to the duty.

4. The State Government through the concerned Secretary must give a categorical assurance that before posting the officers in the office of the competent authority, due verification will be made of the credentials of the officers.

5. The statement made in Paragraph-11 of the affidavit of the concerned Secretary is very vague. We, therefore, direct the Secretary to file a further affidavit showing that all the posts are duly filled in, she must assure on oath that the credentials of the Officers will be checked before posting the officers to work under the competent authority. Such an affidavit shall be filed by 15th January 2021.

6. The learned Additional Government Advocate states that, so far 61,710 applications/claims have been received.

7. The Central Bureau of Investigation shall file a further report of investigation carried out till 15th January, 2021 in a sealed cover.

8. Let the petitions be listed on 18th January, 2021.

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