Fri. Jun 2nd, 2023

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday asked the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) to revise the merit list of police constables and sub-inspectors selected in 2019 in the state police. HC has passed these orders after noticing some apparent irregularities in the allotment of additional marks under the social economic criteria to some of the selected candidates.
With these orders, the entire selection list will be revised, and a fresh merit list will be prepared. Those who were wrongly given additional marks under the social economic criteria will be out of job and those petitioners who were deprived of such marks despite being fully eligible may find a place in the selection list.
The copy of the order was not available till the filing of the current report.
However, advocate Ravinder Singh Dhull, counsel representing the petitioners in this case informed that selection list of the constables and sub inspectors in Haryana police recruited by the HSSC in 2019 has been set-aside and directions have been issued to the commission to prepare a fresh merit list by removing the irregularities noticed during the hearing of the case. He further stated that around 5000 posts of male constables, 1147 female constables, 400 posts of male sub-inspectors and 63 posts of female sub-inspectors selected by HSSC through its advertisement No. 3/2018 dated April 16, 2004 would be affected due to this order.
Not satisfied with the justifications given by the HSSC regarding some discrepancies in the record pertaining to recruitment of police constables in Haryana, the HC on February 23 had imposed a cost of Rs 2 lakh on the commission observing that the commission is failing to discharge its duty.
“Commission, which had been constituted by gazette notification under Article 309 of the Constitution of India (now got a statutory status after coming into force of the HSSC Act, 2004) for the purpose of streamlining public employment, in the opinion of this Court, is failing to discharge its duty,” the HC had observed earlier while imposing cost on the HSSC.
The petitioners in this case had sought appointment for the post of Male Constables in Haryana police in pursuance of advertisement dated April 16, 2018.
One of the grievances of the petitioners herein was that they have been denied weightage of additional five marks, despite the fact that they are entitled to the same being orphans ward of a person, who expired before attaining the age of 42 years or ward whose father had died before his/her completing 15 years of age.
It was alleged in the petitions that online application form and documents that were to be furnished, did not specify that details of death of mother were to be furnished as well. The only requirement was to upload the death certificate of the father. Furthermore, marks have been denied by holding that the mother of the candidate is alive whereas instances have been quoted showing that marks have been given to persons whose mother is alive.

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