HCS: To examine wrong answer keys,HC sets up panel

All those who could not make it to the merit list of main examination for Haryana Judicial Services (HCS) (Judicial) despite giving correct answers have a reason to smile as the the Punjab and Haryana High Court has now decided to constitute a committee to examine the “alleged wrong answer keys” in the preliminary examination. The result will also be re-generated.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 16, 2014 1:08 pm

All those who could not make it to the merit list of main examination for Haryana Judicial Services (HCS) (Judicial) despite giving correct answers have a reason to smile as the the Punjab and Haryana High Court has now decided to constitute a committee to examine the “alleged wrong answer keys” in the preliminary examination. The result will also be re-generated.

This was informed to a division bench comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and Ritu Bahri by a Registrar of the High Court during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by three unsuccessful candidates. The Registrar (recruitment),K K Kareer,Friday appeared before the bench and submitted that the re-generation of result “may provide opportunity to the eligible candidates to apply for the main examination as per the revised result”.

Accepting the stand taken,the division bench adjourned the case for three weeks. In another big relief to the petitioners,the court has allowed them to apply in the main examination,which is slated to take place on April 22.

The Indian Express was the first to report,earlier this week,that at least nine questions in the examination,conducted by the high court,had wrong answer keys.

A petition was filed by three candidates demonstrating “large scale irregularities” in the examination.

Demanding quashing of the merit list and stay on the main examination,a joint petition was filed by three candidates through their counsel Sourabh Goel.

Taking stock,the High Court had issued notices to the High Court (on the administrative side) and Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC).

O n behalf of the petitioners,Advocate Sourabh Goel had argued “the merit of the candidates cannot be adjudged properly with the answer key which carry wrong answers”.

This,Goel added,had resulted in “arbitrariness and unequal treatment” of similarly placed students who gave correct answers.

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