CAT refuses to review its order sacking DD News scribes

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New Delhi, Feb 11 (PTI) The Central AdministrativeTribunal today refused to review its earlier order quashingthe appointment of 25 Doordarshan News anchors and reporterson the grounds of irregularities in their appointment.

A CAT bench headed by chairman V K Bali refused toreview its earlier order given in September last.

The CAT had quashed the appointment of 25 news anchorsand reporters posted at Doordarshan News, saying the publicbroadcaster Prasar Bharati had committed "irregularities" tofavour some candidates to get into DD News.

The tribunal had found that rules for appointment werechanged arbitrarily at the last moment at the interview stageto favour some candidates who did not perform well in thewritten test.

Hearing a petition filed by journalist HarikeshBahadur Singh, working with DD News channel, it had noted thatthe number of journalists to be called for interview had beenincreased from 30 to 35 to accommodate Yashvi Tirath (daughterof Union Minister Krishna Tirath) who ranked 33 in the writtenexam.

The petitioner had alleged that the recruitmentprocess in Prasar Bharati was not fair and candidates wereselected on the basis of political considerations.

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