Wednesday, February 27, 2008

HCS Selection Scam
High court warns against ‘media trial’
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Vijender Jain today directed all parties “not to run a parallel media trial” in what has come to be known as the HCS selection scam case.

Speaking for the bench comprising him and Justice K.S. Ahluwalia, during the resumed hearing of the case, Justice Jain said these things would not pressurise the court and would serve no purpose.

As the hearing resumed, counsel for the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) and former advocate-general Ashok Aggarwal moved an application seeking the court’s permission to inspect the answersheets of all selected candidates in the HCS and allied services examination.

He said since all sorts of allegations regarding various irregularities had been made in the inspection reports filed by Mohan Jain, counsel for the petitioner Karan Singh Dalal, and Sanjiv Bansal, counsel for the state, the HPSC should be allowed to inspect the answersheets so that it could reply to the allegations.

Accepting his prayer, the bench allowed the commission to inspect the answersheets.

The court also accepted the pleas of various candidate-respondents to inspect their own answersheets.

However, a similar request by counsel for former chairman of the commission K.C. Bangar was denied.

The case will now come up for hearing on March 19.

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