The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday said it would start scrutiny of answersheets summoned from the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) from Thursday. It comes on a petition against selection of the 2002 batch of 64 for the Haryana Civil Services (HCS) that is pending before the court for the past 12 years.
The HC wants to scrutinise the sheets as it is alleged that in some cases cut-and-paste job was done, and also that marks were given twice for the same answer to favour some candidates while in some cases marks were not allotted at all. During the resumed hearing on Tuesday, the HC bench of justice Rajive Bhalla heard arguments from respondent parties and said that court would examine the record itself.
The petition was filed in 2002 by Congress MLA Karan Singh Dalal, at which the court had summoned the entire record of the selection and scrutinised it. A special investigation team’s (SIT) later affirmed the irregularities.
Also, during the last hearing, the HC had asked the HPSC to tell the court whether it was a one-off instance that answersheets in the 2002 HCS case had been transported by the then HPSC secretary through his own car and also as to whether he was authorised to do so or not. To this, the HPSC submitted in an affidavit before the court that the secretary was authorised to transport the sheets through a mode that he/she deemed fit to maintain secrecy.