Aside UPSC Merit Lists
Madras High Court has set aside the merit lists prepared by the Union Public
Service Commission for the years -- 2006 and 2007 -- and directed the UPSC to
rework the list within 12 weeks.
common order on a spate of writ petitions challenging the results yesterday,
Justice Elipe Dharma Rao also held as "null and void" Rule 16 (2) of
the Examination Rules of the Government of India for Civil Services Examination
which allows adjustment of vacancies in the unreserved category with that of the
457 candidates were selected for the final list of both the years. Of this, 31
OBC and one SC candidate made it through the merit list (unreserved) but at the
same time availed their postings under the reserved category.
action by the UPSC, based on Rule 16 (2), deprived equal number of candidates
from the said communities of availing the postings, the court held.
amounts to reducing the number of posts reserved for the SC/ST/OBC and adding
the same number of posts to the unreserved category, thus making a mockery of
the entire rule of reservation," the judge said.
affected allotment of posts to SC/ST/OBC candidates though those in the
unreserved category remained intact, the judge held adding even candidates who
got selected on their own merit are being considered as reserved category.
of helping achieving social justice, the rule was acting against the SC/ST/OBC
candidates, the Judge observed and held the "impugned Rule 16 (2)" as
unconstitutional and null and void in the eye of law
Courtesy : chennaionline.com