Monday, September 13, 2010

‘Irregular' Doordarshan appointments quashed

The appointments of 25 Doordarshan News anchors and correspondents have been quashed by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), which ruled that “irregularities” were committed in the selection process in order to help certain candidates. The complainant, DD News journalist Harikesh Bahadur Singh Gautam, has alleged that the system was manipulated to favour candidates with family connections and political influence. Among those who benefited were Yashvi Tirath, daughter of Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath, and Priyanka Agarwal Choudhary, close relative of Commerce Minister Anand Sharma. At least two other candidates are related to current or former members of the administration. After an effort to gather information about the selection procedure by the Right to Information Act, Mr. Gautam took his complaint to the CAT. He alleged that the weightage of marks was arbitrarily changed at the last minute to allow candidates who scored poorly in the written test to be given higher scores in the interview stage.

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