HC Cancels Civic Police Volunteer Recruitment In Bankura


Kolkata: Justice Sanjib Banerjee of Calcutta High Court on Friday cancelled the recruitment process of the civic police volunteers at the Barikul and Sarenga Police stations in Bankura.

The recruitment of the Civic Police Volunteers was cancelled today on grounds of irregularities by the Calcutta High Court. Justice Banerjee said that cheating has been done while recruiting. He even added that there is no transparency while recruiting civic police volunteers. Justice Banerjee said that the incident of Bankura has reached the tip of the iceberg. Those who have been recruited since 31st December 2015 at the Barikul and Sarenga police stations in Bardhaman, would have their recruitment cancelled. A total of 1200 and 1300 civic police volunteers were recruited to the Sarenga and  Barikul police station, respectively.

Justice Banerjee has instructed to set up a 3-member review committee who would look into the matter of irregularity caused while recruiting civic police volunteers. Chief Secretary, Transport Secretary and Police Commissioner of Bidhannagar would comprise the 3-member review committee. The review committee, after making a thorough study into the matter, would submit the matter to the chief secretary. On the basis of the report submitted by the review committee, civic police volunteers would be recruited in the state.

Petitioners from Bankura had filed a case in Calcutta High Court in April stating that there had been irregularities in the recruitment process of civic police volunteers.

The petitioners had alleged that the candidates recruited for civic police volunteers in 2013 had been selected through interview only and no written examination had been conducted.

As many as 5001 candidates were selected from Bankura, among a total of 1,30,000 candidates selected from all over Bengal. Advocate Sudipto Dasgupta, counsel for the petitioners, said, “The recruitment process of the civic police volunteers was not done following proper procedure. We appeal that the recruitment of the candidates be done following the proper procedure.”

The state counsel also submitted that the recruitment process had been conducted through an interview process only. After hearing both the sides, Justice Banerjee observed “Prima facie it can be understood that this could have led to a big scam.”