Shimla, September 28
The Himachal Pradesh High Court today passed three directions to Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission Hamirpur to protect the interest of the requisitioning authority and to maintain the sanctity of the recruitment process for safeguarding the interest of all participating candidates.
A double bench comprising the Chief Justice A.A. Sayed and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua, passed this order on an appeal filed by H.P. Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur against order dated 30.10.2020, passed by the Single Bench, on a petition filed by one Anshul Guleria.
The Division bench directed the HPSSC Hamirpur that on receipt of objections against the provisional answer key within stipulated time period, the HPSSC should display serial numbers of disputed questions, disputed answer etc. and gist of the objections received by it on its website.
Secondly, the bench added that All such candidates/participants who are desirous to furnish their comments or response to the objections so received by the HPSSC as displayed on it’s website will be permitted to do so, within a
stipulated time frame, to be fixed by the Commission.
Adding that he HPSSC in accordance with applicable rules, guidelines & instructions and also taking note of the objections & comments/response thereto received by it shall decide within a fixed time schedule, the objections received by and display it on its website.
The HPSSC upon deliberations and decision so arrived at should publish the revised/final answer key was the fourth point directed by the bench. Earlier to this Single Bench of HC had directed the HPSSC to ensure that in future, in any selection process undertaken by it, if such an eventuality does arise where candidates who earlier might have had not submitted their objections to the provisional answer keys, but who are to be affected by changes to be made in the answers on the
basis of objections filed by other candidates, are given an opportunity of putting forth their stand before the final answer key are published and acted upon.
Aggrieved against the aforesaid judgment of Single Judge, the HPSSC has preferred the instant Appeal. The Double Bench modified the impugned
judgment to the extent indicated above and also waived off the costs imposed upon the appellant HPSSC.