No influence in selecting Geelani's grandson for post: Official

Srinagar:  In wake of a newspaper report on Saturday alleging favouritism in selecting hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani's grandson for a job here, a senior official said no influence has been used in making the selection.

A news report published in the Times of India alleged that rules had been bent to select Geelani's grandson Anees Shah, as a research officer in the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) here.

Reacting to the report, SKICC spokesman Shahnawaz Shah said: "There is no question of any creation of any post or any influence having been used in this selection."

He also clarified that the job, whose total emoluments came to Rs 35,000, was not a government job, but of the society, and entailed no pension 

SKICC, an autonomous convention promotion society, needed a candidate as a research officer for which a proper advertisement was published through the state information department on October 3, 2016.

Of the 196 candidates who applied for the post, 35 candidates were shortlisted and subsequently the notification was published on November 1, 2016.

"The shortlisted candidates were called for interview on November 5, 2016. Only 32 of the 35 shortlisted candidates turned up for the interview which was held by a proper selection committee formed by following the rules and procedure of the SKICC," Shah said.

"Anees Shah was selected as he had the required qualifications and experience for the said job. His name was sent for verification to the state CID as is mandatory for all selected candidates. The CID verification has been received by the SKICC," he said.