The Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed the state government and the Union Public
Service Commission (UPSC) to keep one post vacant in the Indian Administration Service (IAS) cadre for OBC category.
Orders in this regard were issued on Monday by a bench of Justice RC Sinha and Alok Aradhe on a petition filed by Vinita Sahu of Sagar, an OBC candidate for the post.
In her petition, Vinita sought the High Court's direction to UPSC for considering her representation on caste status before allocation of post to selected candidates.
She also said that she secured 134th rank as general candidate in Civil Services Exams conducted by the UPSC in 2009-10 while the cut-off list was 131.
Vinita further said that she comes under OBC category but she was not given benefit of it by the UPSC, saying that she comes under creamy layer.
As a result, she was considered as a General candidate and alloted an Indian Police Service (IPS) seat instead of IAS, she said.
Vinita said a notification issued by the government in 2004 has clearly mentioned that only those families will be considered as creamy layer whose income was Rs 4.50 lakh or more for three consecutive years but her father's income was Rs 4.50 lakh for only one year.