After hearing the petition challenging the Haryana Civil Services (Executive Branch) and other Allied Services examination-2002 for over 10 years, the Punjab and Haryana high court reserved its judgment on the case on Tuesday.
Former MLA from Palwal, Karan Singh Dalal, and two non-selected candidates had approached the high court in 2002, alleging favouritism, nepotism and corruption in the selections of 67 officers during the then chief minister Om Prakash Chautala's regime.
After completion of the arguments by all parties on Tuesday, the division bench comprising chief justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain reserved its judgment on the petition, seeking probe from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the examination process.
The main grievance raised in the petition was about the arbitrary selection as the candidates who scored less marks in written examination were given more marks in the interview, resulting in eliminating those candidates who had done well in the written examination.
After the examination of the answer sheets during the investigation, it had come to light that in majority of cases, the marks of selected candidates were increased by way of cutting in different ink, pages in answer sheets were changed and some of the answers were written by outsiders.
A Supreme Court bench of justice GS Singhvi and justice Ashok Kumar Ganguli had on March 31, 2011, requested the Punjab and Haryana high court to expeditiously decide the case.
Haryana government had hired senior Supreme Court advocate Raju Ramchandran for the case. However, senior advocate Kanwaljit Singh argued for the petitioner and the selected candidates were mainly represented by senior advocate Rajiv Atma Ram, Puneet Bali and Akshay Bhan.
Some selected candidates relatives of influential persons
1) The results declared on May 4, 2002 had the names of Sarita Malik, daughter of the then DGP MS Malik; Kuldhir Singh, son of Sher Singh Badshami, the then chief minister Om Prakash Chautala's political adviser; Ranjit Kaur, sister of the then managing director of Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation, Harbaksh Singh, among the 14 candidates selected for the HCS posts.
2) Also Ghanshyam Singh, who had co-authored a book with Hardeep Singh, the then HPSC secretary, was selected as district food and supplies controller.
3) Ashok Rawat, son of the then sitting MLA Bhagwan Sahay Rawat, and Satish Kumar, nephew of former HPSC member NN Yadav, were among the selected candidates.
4) It was also alleged that selected candidates -- Jagdeep, Dilbagh Singh, Vijender Singh Dhull and Narender Dhull -- were related to the then HPSC chairman KC Bangar.
5) Dalal had informed the media much before the announcement of the final result about most of the candidates, which later made it to the top 10 posts.