Giving relief to a large number of candidates who had challenged the process of conducting the Haryana Civil Services (executive branch) and other allied services preliminary examination, 2011, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday postponed the main written examination scheduled for September 2. The court also directed the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) to constitute an experts’ committee to decide 151 representations received from various candidates.
The orders came from the bench headed by justice Augustine George Masih while disposing of 21 petitions filed by Jitender Kumar, Sunil Dhull and others. The bench found that the course adopted by the commission has resulted in “discrimination to many of the aspiring and deserving candidates as in the process of weeding out a small cause of inequality, it has infected the roots of the pious tree of equality which has led to destroying the tree itself”. The bench also said that the commission had created much of the confusion by not making the answer keys public.
Hindustan Times was the first to highlight the discrepancies in the preliminary exam question papers of different subjects that had taken aback candidates as the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) had later chosen to award them grace marks.