KAS prelims row: HC upholds inclusion of dropped candidates for mains

KAS prelims row: HC upholds inclusion of dropped candidates for mains
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Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Wednesday upheld the order of a writ court directing Public Service Commission (JKPSC) to include 429 candidates dropped in the revised list for main examinations.
The PSC had filed a petition before division bench challenging the December 30 order issued by single bench (writ court).
After hearing the counsels from both sides, the division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey said, “PSC is directed to proceed in the matter in terms of writ court judgment.”
The single bench of MK Hanjura had said, “The candidates figuring in the first list issued by the Commission vide notification No. PSC/Exam/2017/22 dated 23rd of April, 2017, as also the candidates figuring in the revised list issued vide notification No. PSC/Exam/2017/44 dated 9th of August, 2017, shall be entitled and allowed to sit and participate in the main examination.”
Court also permitted the candidates to apply online for the vacancies within the time to be fixed by PSC.
On 18-06-2016, PSC, vide notification NO. PSC/EXM/2016/52 advertised 277 posts in Junior Scale of J&K Administrative Service, J&K Police Service and J&K Accounts Service and applications were invited for admission of KAS Preliminary Examination.
PSC through notification dated 23-04-2017 had declared 6925 out of 47000 candidates to have qualified for the KAS Mains Examination. The cut off was declared as 270.477 points.
PSC released another revised merit list where it set 277.275 points as cut off, thus excluding 429 candidates who were declared eligible in first merit list.
The 429 aggrieved candidate before the High Court had filed a petition No. 1322/ 2017 against the commission through their counsel, advocate Arif Sikandar Mir.
Advocate Mir had said, “that the Commission has violated the Supreme Court orders by updating the cut off in the merit list.”
The court in its order dated 24.08.2017, had said, “that the writ petitions are disposed of with the direction that the Commission shall treat the writ petitions of the petitioners as representations and consider the same in accordance with the law within a period of four weeks and the result thereof shall be communicated to the petitioners.”
The Commission instead of deciding the petitions of the petitioners issued a notification bearing No. PSC/Exam/2017/49 dated 25.08.2017 post, declaring 429 candidates ineligible for the main examination.