The Jammu and Kashmir High court has stayed the selection of 371 medical officers after a petition challenged the appointment process.
The HC granted four weeks to Public Service Commission (PSC) to file a response to a petition filed by a candidate against the selection of medical officers. Justice Alok Aradhe stayed the selection after a petitioner challenged the process of awarding marks.
The petitioner Sana said, "the method adopted by PSC in awarding marks to the candidates was unfair and without any rationalization which has caused injustice in the process of selection of candidates."
On March 27 last year, PSC had advertised 371 posts of medical officers and last date for submission of forms was fixed as May 1, 2017 and later extended to May 31. A notification with respect to written examination was issued on 14 November and candidates were directed to sit in the examination by December 2.
After conducting the examination the candidates, who qualified the written test vide notification dated 27 December, 2017, were asked to appear for interview on different dates. Accordingly the petitioner was asked to appear for interview on 15 January this year at Jammu.
The petitioner has further said, "On the interview date, I was surprised to see that different boards were set for conducting interviews and on the instructions of an official I was asked to pick up a slip from a box. I was told to appear before board no.1 which comprised two experts and two officers from the Commission." She further said that there was no equal criteria set up by the PSC for candidates.
“Different boards comprise different mindset of experts who give different marks to candidates as such the way of selection was unfair and illegal," she added.
The petition further reads that the PSC had also not published answer keys of the written test and pleaded that it shall be directed to publish answer keys and “accordingly a fresh merit list be published.”