HC issues notice to Haryana on selections made by HPSC

Chandigarh, Feb 1 (PTI) The Punjab and Haryana HighCourt today issued a notice to Haryana government and membersof State Public Service Commission (HPSC) on a petitionchallenging the appointments made to Haryana Civil Servicesand allied services in January this year.

Local advocate Lalit Jain and four other candidateswho had appeared in the examination had filed the petitionyesterday submitting that "entire selection process wasvitiated with malafide, favouritism and nepotism".

Justice Mahesh Grover ordered that the appointment ofselected candidates shall be subject to the outcome of thewrit petition.

Jain had contended that selected candidates includedclose relatives of atleast three out of five members of theHPSC, who were part of the selection committee.

"Not only this, close relatives of the Chief MinisterHaryana, his wife, MPs and senior officers of the HaryanaGovernment are also in the selection list," he alleged.

He brought to the notice of the court that though allthe petitioners had secured more than 60 per cent marks in thewritten test but they scored 10 per cent to 25 per cent marksin the interview.

On the other hand most of the selected candidateswho got below 60 per cent marks in the written test got around80 per cent to 90 per cent marks in the interview, theadvocate submitted and sought quashing of the entire selectionprocess.

The Haryana government and others have been asked tosubmit their reply by April 6.

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