The Allahabad High Court on Monday reserved its judgment on the petition filed by job aspirants against the reservation policy of the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC),which was allegedly discriminatory to the general category candidates.
Hearing the petition filed by Sudhir Kumar Singh and six others,a Division Bench of Justices Laxmi Kanta Mohapatra and Rakesh Srivastava also stayed the interview for the UPPCS (Combined state/Upper subordinate services) examinations-2011,which were to start from July 26,till the date of delivery of the judgment.
The petitioners have challenged the May 27 UPPSC decision,through which the reservation policy was changed and candidates from OBC category were allowed to be called for interview as general category candidates if they had scored marks equal to or higher than the cut-off mark for the general category candidates. They have demanded quashing of the said decision.
Meanwhile,amid heavy deployment of police force across the city,anti-reservation and pro-reservation groups almost came face-to-face at Chandpur Salori under Colonelganj police station area. The agitators damaged a motorcycle,a vehicle,some hoardings besides targeting some roadside vendors.
In Salori,both the pro-reservation and the anti-reservation groups are present in good numbers. On Sunday,the pro-reservation group had held a meeting in the area and made certain statements,which the anti-reservation group did
not like. On Monday,when the court order came,a group of around 400-500 anti-reservation aspirants moved towards Salori in a show of strength.
They were stopped and asked to turn away. But a few managed to move forward and damage a vehicle and also resorted to stone pelting. Immediately,orders for lathicharge were issued and the matter was brought under control. Around a dozen agitators have been arrested.
The anti-reservation aspirants have welcomed the judgment and said they would wait for the court’s decision before redrawing their further strategy.