With fresh revelations, the entire process of the Punjab Civil Services (executive) and allied services examination for 2013 has come under the cloud. During the resumed hearing of a plea on Monday, the petitioners challenged the validity of the process saying that it had been conducted by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) without notifying some changes.
Appearing for the petitioners, advocate Gurminder Singh submitted that as per rules the changes had to be notified in the official gazette. “The government accorded its approval to changes on January 3, 2014, and asked the PPSC to notify them. But the PPSC acted on that on December 24 only after the matter came in court. By then, the exam had already been conducted,” he said.
The government counsel countered that the new rules were on the website of the PPSC and petitioners had also appended these in their petition.
Following the submissions, the HC bench of justice Rajiv Narain Raina has asked the PPSC to bring before the court the original file related to the case, at the next hearing on January 8.
Earlier, the government pleaded before the court that the contention of the petitioners did not hold ground as the rules spoke of the syllabus and procedure, not of the subjects and papers.
The petitioners have challenged the PCS-2013 mains result claiming that it had been prepared by the PPSC by awarding 33% marks as minimum for each paper instead of ‘per subject’, which was the prescribed condition in the circular issued by the commission in January. The HC on December 24 stayed the process of physical examination that was to commence on January 6 and interviews that were to be held from January 8.
As many as 213 candidates have been selected by the PPSC for the interview and physical test after the preliminary examination and mains, for 120 posts advertised in 2013.