Controversial public sector posting now comes under CVC scanner

The selection of MK Singh, as chairman and managing director of Bridge & Roof Co. (India) Ltd, under ministry of heavy industries and public enterprise – conducted by Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) – has attracted the attention of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

MK Singh who was earlier officiating this post, and had applied for a permanent position, was selected for the post on 29 November last year by PESB. The CVC has started an inquiry looking into the process of his selection. It is probing the Annual Confidential Report (ACR) for the years 2010 to 2011 and 2011 to 2012 which were not placed before the selection committee and also not forwarded to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). These ACRs were not presented before his appointment as director (project management) as well.

One major and significant fact that was suppressed before the selection committee was that Singh has been implicated in the past in a sexual harassment case by a former employee of the company.

He is facing charges under section 354-A(iv)/408/509 of the IPC and section 3(2) of the prevention of sexual harassment at workplace act in the court of the chief metropolitan magistrate in Kolkata.

The CVC has initiated this enquiry on a complaint filed by Indian National Trade Union Congress. A complaint has already been registered with the national women commission and also the national minority commission. A letter has also been sent to PM Manmohan Singh and MoS in PMO
V Narayanaswami.

Millennium Post on 31 October last year had reported that Singh despite facing charges of sexual harassment, had been given a six-month extension to retain his post in Bridge & Roof
Co. (India) Ltd.
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