SC to hear petition against reservation in civil services

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New Delhi, Jul 9 (UNI) The Supreme Court will decide on July 18 the fate of 96 general category candidates who have made it to the merit list of civil services examination, results of which were declared in 2007.

These candidates are being downgraded because the OBC candidates who have qualified from general category on merit are being given the benefit of OBC category.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices P Sathasivam and J M Panchal today however refused to pass an order of status quo seeking to restrain UPSC from issuing letter of appointment to 96 OBC candidates who have been qualified in the general category on merit.

According to the petitioner if OBC candidates were qualified in general category are given the benefit of reservation now then the petitioners shall not be selected despite having made to the merit list.

The order which was passed by Madras High Court in relation to 2005 batch is being implemented for 2007 batch also and those OBC candidates who have qualified in the general category are being upgraded by giving the benefit of OBC category to them.

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