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Madras High Court finds partial closure on Fake Jobs issue

Meera Emmanuel

The Madras High Court has partially closed the chapter on a recent issue concerning fake jobs, a matter which it had taken suo moto cognisance of earlier this month.

A Division Bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and S Vaidyanathan (pictured) looked into the issue after as many as five recruitment agencies contacted Justice Vaidyanathan with dubious offers for jobs and personal interviews.

Complying with Court’s direction to probe the matter, a detailed Enquiry Report was prepared and submitted by Additional Advocate General C Manishanker, assisted by Public Prosecutor C Emilias and Additional Public Prosecutor C Ayyaparaj.

It was found that 25-year-old Bharathiraja, a Diploma Holder in Civil Engineering, had passed on the contact of Justice Vaidyanathan after he found himself at the receiving end of a fake job offer.

Bharathiraja had applied for a job following an advertisement in a Tamil Daily, Dhinathanthi. He was informed thereafter of his selection as a Clerk under the “Rajiv Vikas Yojna” (Direct Recruitment Act) through an SMS. An appointment letter containing the insignia of two Tamil Nadu state emblems was sent to him in August. He was also asked to pay an additional amount of Rs 12,500 for a laptop.

Suspecting foul play, Bharathiraja did not pay the requested amount. Instead, with a view to initiate action against fake manpower agencies routinely cheating job aspirants, he forwarded the details of Madras High Court judges to various agencies, including the contact mentioned in the Dhinathanthi advertisement.

The Court was informed that the recruitment agencies arrayed as respondents were genuine. The AAG further submitted that there was reason to believe that the appointment letter received by Bharathiraja was a fraudulent document, though it had emblems of the central and state governments.

The report has also thrown up certain suspicious characters, with numbers operating in and around Delhi. Therefore, the Crime Branch-CID of the Police has proposed to register a case and further investigate the matter.

The Court thus released the previously arraigned respondent-recruitment agencies from the case, on the condition that they cooperate with the investigation.

It has also directed that the police not take action against Bharathiraja in light of the plight that compelled him to resort to such a measure. He was, however, warned not to indulge in such activities in the future.

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