SHILLONG, Feb 26: Instead of disciplinary action being taken up against him, a senior official in the State Forest Department is being considered for promotion even though the High Court of Madhya Pradesh has upheld his conviction in a case related to cheating in the UPSC examinations.
This was indicated through the minutes of a Screening Committee for promotion which was held on January 27, 2017 by the Chief Secretary, KS Kropha, the Additional Chief Secretary, and the Chief Conservator of Forests, Meghalaya, C Budnah where MBK Reddy was recommended for promotion.
The CBI’s Special Court had earlier in November last year sentenced Reddy who was serving as the Conservator of Forests of Meghalaya to two years imprisonment after he was found guilty of copying during an examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). A fine has also been imposed on Reddy as part of the sentence.
In a letter to the Joint Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Forest & Environment Department, A Nikhla, the Superintendent of Police (SP), CBI, ACB, Bhopal informed that Reddy has filed a criminal revision before the High Court of Madhya Pradesh against the judgement passed by the 4th Session Judge, CBI Cases Indore for upholding his conviction.
He also clarified that the High Court of Madhya Pradesh, bench at Indore vide order dated October 8, 2013 only suspended the order of sentences of Reddy and not the order of conviction.
“As such, Reddy was enlarged on bail by the Honourable High Court vide order dated 08.10.2013,” the SP informed.
In this regard, it is interesting to note that the Advocate General of Meghalaya and also the Law Department in the state were not consulted before the screening committee decided on this murky affair.