The Allahabad High Court has allowed the remaining selected personnel for the post of police constables to be sent for training, provided their police verification has been completed. The court, however, said that the entire selection would depend on the outcome of the petitions still pending before the court.
The matter pertains to selection and training of constables selected for the civil police and PAC in a recruitment exercise that began in 2013, but has been marred by litigation.
A single-judge bench of Justice B Amit Sthalekar passed the order on Monday, while hearing a petition filed by Satyendra Yadav and seven others, through their lawyers Anoop Trivedi and Vibhu Rai.
The court directed that the petitioners may be sent “for training for the post of constables in civil police and PAC,” but their appointment shall be subject to the outcome of the petition pending with the court.
The court passed the order after the petitioners — who have been selected, but not sent for training — submitted that a total of 12,687 personnel have already been sent for training as part of the first batch. However, over 7,500-odd personnel could not be sent for training on the ground of a stay order passed by the court in 2015.
“But the stay was not extended beyond November 16, 2015. This means that there is no legal hurdle as of now for the remaining constables to be sent for training. That was our submission,” said Rai, one of the lawyers of the petitioners.
The recruitment of constables in the civil police and PAC had started back in 2013. A total of 38,192 personnel were selected. The training of these selected personnel was to be conducted in two batches. The first batch comprised 20,000-odd personnel. Even as 12,687 of them were sent ahead for training, nearly 7,500 got held back after the stay order.
The entire recruitment process has been challenged on the ground that the reservation norms have not been followed properly, particularly in the matter of horizontal reservations. The allegation is that a large number of those selected were from a particularly community. “The main prayer in our petition is that there should be clear and strict norms for reservation and selection,” said Rai.