HC issues notices to SSRB, Information deptt
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Saturday issued notices to Service Selection Recruitment Board (SSRB), Information department and others in a contempt petition and directed them to file their response within two weeks explaining delay in implementing the HC verdict.
A division of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey issued notices to the SSRB Chairman Simran Deep Singh, Information Department through Director Information and others in a contempt petition seeking implementation of the earlier orders, whereby court had declared provisional selection of 29 Assistant Information Officers by the SSRB in 2013 as invalid.
The court said that respondents are given two weeks time to file their response to the petition ruing the delay in implementation of the HC verdict, wherein the recruiting agency had been asked to constitute a selection committee and fix the criteria for selection in tune with Rule 14 of the Rules of 2010.
Advocate Ashraf Wani pleaded before court that there is inordinate delay in implementing High Court directions and.
The High Court’s division bench in May 2013 had upheld a single bench verdict of Justice Hasnain Masoodi about the invalidity of provisional selection of 29 AIOs and had directed the recruiting agency to proceed with the selection process afresh in conformity with the rules.
“When the provisional selection list offends the rules, then to continue with the process shall not be permissible because process initiated is a base for follow up, when base is shaken, follow up shall be in-consequential,”the division bench had said.
The court had directed the SSB to finalise the process of selection with promptitude of the eligible candidates who have applied in response to three the advertisement notices.
The high court had asked the board to first to constitute the committees as required in terms of law (Rule 6(4) of the Rules of 2010) and fix the criteria in tune with Rule 14 of the Rules of 2010.
The SSB had issued three different notifications in 2006, 2008 and 2010, inviting application for the posts of Assistant Information Officer Grade-II. Subsequently, the SSB issued a provisional selection list on 21 January 2012 which was challenged in court whereby the selection criteria was put under question by court.
The Supreme Court of India on February 20 upheld J&K High Court ruling declaring provisional selection of 29 Assistant Information officers by State Service Selection Board in 2013 as invalid.