As scheduled,the written test for the posts of conductors with the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) was held on Saturday. Over 3,000 candidates appeared for the written examination. It was for the first time that an examination was held for women conductors. Nearly 1,000 women candidates took
A day after the Chandigarh Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) directed the Chandigarh Administration to issue a corrigendum in newspapers and call for written test all candidates eligible for the posts of conductors with CTU,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Saturday morning ordered that the authorities could go ahead with the examination of short-listed candidates.
However,the High Court ordered that the answersheets would not be evaluated,and directed the authorities to keep the answersheets in a sealed cover. The directions came a little before the scheduled time of the written examination.
The directions were passed on a petition filed by the Chandigarh Administration and candidates vying for the posts of conductors.
Passing the orders,a division bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and Surinder Gupta held: With the view to strike a balance and no prejudice is caused to either of the parties,the operation of the order passed by the CAT is stayed,subject to the condition that if the administration decides to hold the written examination of the short-listed candidates,in that event neither the answersheets shall be got evaluated,nor the result shall be declared.
The order reads that the answersheets shall be kept in sealed cover. In other words,the selection process shall remain stayed. If the original applications are accepted by the tribunal,the written examination of the short-listed candidates shall stand scrapped and a fresh written examination for all the eligible candidates shall be held,subject,of course,to the legal rights of the administration.
Paving the way for selection of candidates for the posts of conductors,a division bench of the CAT on Friday had directed the administration to issue a corrigendum in newspapers and call all candidates eligible for the posts,who were not called earlier due to the impugned criteria.
An aspirant,Amanpreet Singh,who was not called for interview,had moved the CAT. He had claimed he was eligible,but the UT Administration changed the criteria while calling the candidates. The CAT had ordered that all eligible candidates be allowed to appear for the test. However,only those short-listed by the administration were allowed to appear.
The Chandigarh Administration called candidates whose percentage of marks in +2 was 72 per cent
and above in the general male category,but did
not issue the call letter and admit card to the candidates scoring below 72 per cent. But such criteria were
not mentioned in the advertisement,it was alleged before the CAT.