Two former Speakers issued notices in Jharkhand appointments scam

Ranchi (IANS) Two former Assembly Speakers and three officials have been issued notices in the Jharkhand assembly appointments scam.

"The assembly secretariat has issued notices to former Speakers Inder Singh Namdhari and Alamgir Alam as well as three officials based on the Justice Vikramaditya Prasad Commission report," a source in the state assembly told IANS on Thursday. 

The report accuses Namdhari, Alam and several officials of irregularities, nepotism and favouritism in appointments in the assembly during their tenures. It also says that the appointments were more than the number required. 

The notice has asked the former speakers and officials why action should not be initiated against them since they have been indicted in the report. They have been given a week's time to reply to the notice. 

Around 274 and 324 appointments for different posts in the assembly were made during Namdhari's and Alam's tenures respectively.

Then Jharkhand governor had appointed Justice Vikramaditya Prasad to probe the irregularities in the appointments. 

Last July, the commission submitted its report to Governor Draupadi Murmu, who sent it to the state assembly for suitable action. 

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