Two days before the scheduled date, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has indefinitely postponed the interview for the post of director-principal, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH-32).
The UPSC conveyed the decision to the Chandigarh bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Tuesday during the hearing on a petition filed by five GMCH doctors, who had pleaded that they should be allowed to appear in the interview for the post.
"In view of the latest developments, the commission has decided to defer/postpone the selection committee meeting scheduled to be held on August 16," the UPSC told the tribunal.
Pertinently, on Monday, five faculty members of GMCH, including Atul Sachdev, professor and head, department of medicine; Ashok Attri, head, general surgery; Anju Huria, head, department of gynaecology; Sudhir Garg, head, department of orthopaedics, and Ram Singh, professor, department of medicine, had moved CAT, pleading that they hadn't applied for the post since as per existing recruitment rules, the institute's faculty member were not eligible for the post.
Since five other faculty members of the same institute were considered eligible and called for interviews, the petitioners have pleaded that they should also be given a chance to appear for the interviews.
Appearing for the petitioners, advocate Harmanjit Singh Sethi argued that recommending the names of some doctors and leaving out other eligible doctors amounted to creation of a class within a class.
The bench has also observed that the Chandigarh administration should clarify its stand on who are the eligible candidates for the post by August 30, the next date of hearing.
The UPSC decision has come a day after the tribunal, in response to a petition filed by the doctors, had "requested" the UPSC to "consider the feasibility of deferment by only about a fortnight".
However, instead of a fortnight, the commission has decided to postpone it indefinitely. Now the tribunal would decide that whether in-house candidates can apply for the post otherwise advertised on deputation.