Notices to Panjab University on alleged tweaking of rules to favour kin of ex-officer

The petitioner,Amit Bhatia,an assistant professor with the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Lovely Faculty of Applied Medical Science claimed that the girl had been illegally allowed byPU to take part in the interview process.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 5, 2012 12:49 am

The petitioner,Amit Bhatia,an assistant professor with the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Lovely Faculty of Applied Medical Science claimed that the girl had been illegally allowed byPU to take part in the interview process

THE Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued notices to Panjab University on a petition filed by a man who has sought directions to quash the candidature of a girl related to an ex officer of the university for a staff vacancy. The petitioner,Amit Bhatia,an assistant professor with the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Lovely Faculty of Applied Medical Science claimed that the girl,Vandita Kakkar,had been illegally allowed by Panjab University to take part in the interview process.

Bhatia’s counsel,Advocate Saurav Verma,has alleged that allowing Kakkar in the interview process is against the university’s own rules and regulations. Bhatia also sought direction to the university to not declare the result of the selection process while his petition was pending.

Verma contended that in 2010 an advertisement was issued by the Registrar,Panjab University,Chandigarh for filling up of various vacancies and that Panjab University then extended the last date for submission of the applications forms to October 25,2010. He also pointed out that though the advertisement was issued in the year 2010,the selection process did not start then. In the year 2012,Bhatia was issued an interview call letter through which he was asked to appear before the selection committee on August 11.

Bhatia has alleged that the rules of appointment were tweaked only to accommodate Kakkar since she is the relative of an ex officer of the University. “After the completion of the interview process,the petitioner came to know that the interview process was actually an eyewash and the final outcome of the interview process had already been decided – to appoint Vandita Kakkar to the said post and for whose accommodation the selection criteria,rules and regulations have been given a complete go-by. All this has been done in a most illegal and malafide manner just to accommodate a single ineligible candidate who otherwise cannot stand a chance before the petitioner,” the petition reads.

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