In big embarrassment for J&K government, Governor NN Vohra has rejected the recommendation seeking appointment of Rajeshwar Singh Jasortia, a former IFS officer, as member of the state vigilance commission (SVC).
A senior official in the J&K government told Greater Kashmir that Vohra has rejected the recommendation finalized by the CM-led selection panel for appointment of Jasrotia as member of the anti-graft body after scrutinizing the records pertaining to inquiry against him.
"The Governor has approved the appointment of PL Gupta as chief vigilance commissioner and Gazzanfar Hussain as member of the SVC but he turned down the recommendation vis-a-vis Jasrotia," the official said.
On August 16, the selection panel, also comprising leader of the largest opposition party Omar Abdullah, deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh and law minister Abdul Haq Khan, had finalised the names of Gupta, Gazzanfar and Jasrotia for coveted positions in the anti-graft body.
The Governor, however, had in September sought records of the inquiry against Jasrotia and had also sought certain clarifications regarding Gupta.
Jasrotia had faced an inquiry for manipulation of his annual confidential reports (ACRs) for 1988-89 and 1989-90.
According to documents in possession of Greater Kashmir, Jagdish Kishwan, the then principal chief conservators of forests, who was the reporting officer in case of both these ACRs, had stated that the overall grading that "he gave to the officer for the two years were different and not "outstanding" for each year.
He had suggested that the original ACRs of the officer for the years in question may be scrutinised to confirm the genuineness of the matter. On the basis of the report furnished by Kishwan, a charge-sheet was served upon Jasrotia through chief conservator of forests Jammu in August 2013.
After his response, the government appointed Deepak Khanna, a senior IFS officer, to enquire into the allegations of manipulation of ACRs.
The incumbent commissioner secretary forests Muhammad Afzal Bhat closed the inquiry in 2014 on the recommendations of the inquiry officer.
A source told this newspaper that inquiry against the IFS officer was closed because the records relating to it could not be traced.
PL Gupta, whose name was cleared by the Governor, is an IPS officer of 1984 batch and retired as DG prisons in 2015.
Gazzanfar, who attained retirement on April 30 this year, has held prized postings during his career. He has served as deputy commissioner Anantnag, divisional commissioner Kashmir and administrative secretary of several key departments including the general administration, higher education, health, labour and employment and social welfare. He has held positions of special secretary home and commissioner sales tax.