HPSC gets HC notice on judge appointments

Taking note of startling accusations in a petition alleging that five lower court judges in Haryana had ‘fraudulently’ obtained their posts,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued notices to its own administrative side and the Haryana Public Service Commission

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 9, 2014 11:54 am

Taking note of startling accusations in a petition alleging that five lower court judges in Haryana had ‘fraudulently’ obtained their posts,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued notices to its own administrative side and the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC).

A division bench comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and Ajay Kumar Mittal has sought the responses on a petition filed by one Sarika.

She claims that of the five candidates,four did not clear the preliminary examination while the fifth did not even appear for the interview.

The selections date back to 2011. Sarika has submitted that she obtained the information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the office of chief secretary,Haryana.

The petitioner has alleged that the four who did not pass the preliminary examination,appeared for the main exam and the interview before being appointed by the Haryana chief secretary on on May 21,last year. Sarika has further claimed that a fifth candidate,a woman,did not attend the interview but was still posted as a judge in Haryana.

The petitioner has also raised serious questions about the selection procedure by claiming that marks had been awarded in violation of rules” “The criteria for the interview was grading but marks were given in fraction”,” the petitioner has alleged. Apart from HPSC members,the selection Committee also includes high court judges.

As per available information,the candidates had petitioned the High Court after the preliminary examination. The five were reportedly declared unsuccessful in the preliminary examination. Aggrieved,they had moved the High Court questioning the marking. The High Court,in 2011,had allowed the five to appear in the main examination provisionally after which they were also allowed to appear in the interview process.

The petitioner has now alleged that authorities had let candidates appear in the main examination without checking the revised preliminary examination results.

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