The Democratic Students Alliance Manipur (DESAM), Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Singpanglup (AIMS) and the All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) said the quashing of MPSC 2016 examination and removal of selected officers by the order of the Manipur High Court needs to be followed up with necessary efforts to identify the guilty persons and take necessary action as per law to ensure accountability.
A joint statement issued by the student bodies to Chief Minister N Biren said there has to be a clear determination of who are responsible for the MPSC 2016 fiasco. The CBI which has reportedly started preliminary investigation must be allowed to complete the investigation within a stipulated time, it said. There is an urgent need for the proper agencies to put it in paper on what went wrong in the said examination and who were responsible, it added.
The statement demanded the culprits to be penalised so that the state is never held ransom by unscrupulous people. “It is also to be considered if those selected candidates were wilful participants of corruption and nepotism, mere termination from service does not suffice and criminal prosecution must ensue. If any were found innocent, the state must be responsible for their welfare so that justice is done to one and all,” it stated.
Those guilty must be given exemplary punishment and those not guilty cannot be given punishment or termination from service as it will be a miscarriage of justice, it added.
The joint statement contended that the terminated officers had put their faith in the sanctity of constitutional body, the MPSC and the state government by taking up the services and the way they are now discarded and thrown out to the street is inhumane. There are many candidates who had left their previous employment or took the state services by not joining in other institutions despite having been selected, it said. 82 officers serving in the state were rendered jobless; it may be pertinent these officers were stigmatised and shame heaped upon them as ‘Gang of 82’, it stated.
If even just one of them is innocent, then why should an innocent suffer such humiliation and indignity, the statement questioned, while adding that the public is restless to find out who are the people behind the fiasco.
“We demand that the investigation of the CBI is completed in a time bound manner and made public so that the people of Manipur can finally know who tried to hoodwink the public and that justice is served to all the victims,” it said. Else a massive scam may be simply buried in history without any definite conclusion, it added.Manipur High court, MPSC 2016, CBI, Democratic Students Alliance Manipur (DESAM), Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Singpanglup (AIMS), All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM)