Srinagar: The J&K High Court has directed state government to withhold appointment orders for 482 posts of sub inspectors advertised in 2016, as a petition from aggrieved candidates alleged discrepancies in the selection process.
The petition through counsel M Y Bhat alleged mass copying in the examination, changing of examination centres for favourable candidates, and failure to constitute a board for selection process under SRO-202.
The court sought response from the authorities, supported with affidavits from Commissioner Home and members of selection committee.
The petitioners allege that authorities facilitated mass copying in centre no. 1171111, where 620 candidates appeared out of which 449 were shortlisted for interview wherein 185 candidates have been selected and 39 kept in waiting list.
One of the selected candidates was permitted to appear at Jammu centre in place of Srinagar, the petition said.
Moreover, the petition said use of CCTVs has not been maintained for record during recruitment process.
The state counsel M A Chashoo, however, denied any discrepancies in selection process. He described the allegations levelled in the writ petition as fallacious and said that some candidate appearing at Jammu centre was based on his choice.
After hearing both sides, Justice Rashid Ali Dar sought a detailed response from concerned authorities by next date.
He noted that further action in pursuance of selection process has to remain subject to outcome of writ petition, and the appointment orders shall not be issued till response supported by the affidavits of concerned authority and members of selection committee are brought on record.
He directed that all record pertaining to selection be indexed and preserved and kept ready for perusal of the court along with record pertaining to action initiated, if any on receipt of complaints received from aggrieved candidates for probe into irregularities and discrepancies.