With the Supreme Court on Monday granting a stay on the main examinations of the Rajasthan Judicial Services on a petition contending errors in question papers and answer keys of the preliminary examinations, several candidates who appeared in the Haryana Civil Services and Allied Services preliminary examinations have decided to move court seeking a stay of the HCS main examinations on the basis of the apex court's order.
The Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) is already embroiled in litigation over awarding marks for wrong questions in the HCS and allied services preliminary examinations held on March 25.
A number of candidates who appeared in the HCS and allied services preliminary examinations had represented the HPSC pointing out inaccurately framed questions in the question papers.
The HPSC sent these representations/objections to the paper setters who had set the wrong questions.
Based on the recommendations of these paper setters, the candidates were given marks for all the inaccurately framed questions in general studies and various optional subject papers.
The methodology adopted by the commission in dealing with the issue has been challenged in the Punjab and Haryana high court through two separate petitions.
Meanwhile, an apex court bench of Justice HL Gokhale and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai said on
Monday: "Counsel for the petitioners pointed out that there are serious deficiencies in the examinations conducted by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission for the Rajasthan Judicial Service. It appears that the high court has tried to find out a via media, but prima facie we feel that such an exercise was not permissible considering the serious deficiencies which were found in the examinations. The subsequent main examinations will not proceed until further orders are passed on these special leave petitions."
The Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) had appointed an expert committee after candidates complained that the question paper and the model answers for the judicial services preliminary examinations were wrongly framed.
The expert committee recommended deletion of certain wrongly framed questions.
However, several candidates got disqualified from appearing in mains due to deletion of questions. Subsequently, some candidates approached the Rajasthan high court, which appointed amicus curiae to examine the issue.
The amicus curiae suggested deletion of more questions, which led to elimination of more candidates who had earlier qualified for the main exams. The candidates then approached the Supreme Court, challenging the high court orders.