Monday, February 18, 2008

HCS Selections
Board was given list of candidates to be selected: State
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
The HCS selection matter today took a new twist with the state of Haryana claiming that the interview board was provided with a list of candidates to be selected, so that the manipulations were carried out in a discreet manner.

The development is significant as the state, in its report submitted by additional advocate-general, has taken a stand similar to that of the petitioner. In the HCS selections made during the tenure of the O.P. Chautala government, the state also sought directions to the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) to provide the name of paper setters and examiners of various subjects. The HPSC, meanwhile, contradicted the claims and refuted the allegations in a detailed reply. The matter will now come up for hearing on February 20.

It may be recalled that while alleging favouritism, counsel for petitioner Karan Dalal had earlier claimed that not only less marks were given in the interview; in some cases marks in the written test were also reduced. Following this, a Division Bench of the High Court, headed by Chief Justice Vijender Jain, had allowed the inspection of records by the petiitoner’s counsel Mohan Jain and his team.

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