The Madhya Pradesh high court on Friday issued notices to the state public service commission and the general administration department on a public interest litigation seeking cancellation of MPPSC-2012 exam over paper leak.
The high court’s Gwalior bench directed MPPSC and the state government to reply within two weeks.
From July 1, the state government began to interview 1,200 candidates, who had cleared the MPPSC-2012 entrance test, for filling 400 posts. The high court’s notice came as a jolt to these candidates.
The petition was moved by two candidates – Indraveer Singh Rajput and Vikas Samadhiya – who challenged the high court’s single bench order allowing the commission to go ahead with the interview process. The duo had failed to clear the prelims.
“It is an established fact that the exam paper was leaked and the matter is sub-judice and is under investigation. Then how can the commission proceed with interviews?” petitioners’ counsel Anil Kumar Mishra told HT.
“The interview process may not be stalled in between, but as per the apex court’s rulings (in Tanvi Sarwal vs CBSE in AIPMT case) the whole examination process shall be quashed and fresh exams held.”
Around 1,200 candidates had qualified for interview round after they cleared the 2012-MPPSC prelims held in 2013. The commission was to conduct interviews from July 30, 2014 but the process was halted after a gang involved in paper leak cases was busted in the first week of July.