THE ALLAHABAD High Court has given its nod to the appointment and training of 3,469 sub-inspectors (S-I) in the state. However, the fate of 315 other candidates would be subject to the decision of a writ petition, which has challenged the implementation of horizontal reservation.
A single judge bench of Justice B Amit Sthalekar passed the order on Monday while hearing a petition filed by Ashish Pandey and 24 others, through their counsel Seemant Singh.
The petition alleged that many candidates from the reserved categories have been wrongly adjusted in the general category. Upon examination of records, it was found that there were a total of 315 such candidates.
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“Counsels jointly submit that even if the writ petition is allowed, only about 315 seats could be affected and, therefore, no purpose would be served in restraining the respondents from proceeding with the appointment and training of the other persons… The order dated 5.8.2015 is modified and it is directed that 315 posts in the impugned selection shall not be filled…,” the court said.
A total of 3,784 candidates were selected for the post of S-I. However, following the filing of writ petitions, the process of giving appointment letter and training was stopped. Now, at least 3,469 S-Is could be appointed and trained.
The court will hear the case next on November 3. It has warned that no further adjournment would be allowed.