A division bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday partially stayed its single judge order that had on August 30 postponed the process of conducting the Haryana Civil Services (executive branch) and other allied services main examination, 2011.
Challenging the single judge order, the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) had filed the letters patent appeal, which came up for hearing on Tuesday before the division bench headed by justice Surya Kant. However, the detailed order of the division bench is yet to come.
Taking up the petition, the division bench stayed the August 30 order passed by the single judge except the directions in which it was ordered that the commission would publish answer keys of the preliminary examination on its website so as to call representations from the candidates within a reasonable time.
Though the single bench had earlier directed to publish the answer keys within three days, the division bench on Tuesday extended the time up to 10 days.
The Hindustan Times had highlighted the discrepancies in the preliminary exam question papers of different subjects that had taken aback candidates and the HPSC had later chosen to award them grace marks.
HPSC had approached the division bench saying it was not practical for it to follow the directions issued by the single judge.
The single judge bench had directed the HPSC to constitute an experts' committee to decide 151 representations received from candidates.
It had also ordered the committee to look into the questions of the general studies paper of the preliminary examination and to submit the report to the commission, which would take necessary steps as per law.
The single judge had ordered, "However, in the case of optional subjects, the commission shall have no option but to order re-examination in the said optional paper(s) if discrepancies in question paper(s)/answer key(s) is/are of such a nature where the question(s) is/are to be deleted."
The preliminary examination was conducted on March 25 for 151 posts in which 41,366 candidates had appeared.
The result was declared on May 4 and since the unsuccessful candidates were not satisfied, they had moved the high court, challenging the conduct of examination.
On the basis of the May 4 result, 2,409 candidates had qualified for admission to the main written exam scheduled from September 2.