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High court asks UPPSC, govt to file counter affidavits within a week

lucknow Updated: Jul 16, 2013 13:39 IST
Vinod Khanal

Allahabad high court on Monday asked the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) and the state government to file counter affidavit within a week.

The court was hearing a petition challenging the new reservation policy adopted by UPPSC in PCS-2011.

The order was passed by a division bench comprising justice LK Mohapatra and justice Rakesh Srivastava while hearing a petition filed by Sudhir Kumar Singh and others.

As per the petitioners, UPPSC has implemented new reservation policy during the examination of PCS 2011, which is contrary to the provisions of reservation in practice since the year 1994.

The petition stated that since 1994 reservation was being given at the last stage of selection but examinations conducted in and after 2011 started implementing reservation at every stage of the exams, including prelims, mains and interviews.

The petition said that on the pretext of giving reservation to other backward caste (OBC) candidates, the UPPSC was trying to provide benefit to a particular caste.

The decision of UPPSC had put on stake career of thousands of aspirants belonging to other caste falling under OBC and general categories.

Additional government general CB Yadav, while putting forward the view of state government, said Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission was taking examination as per the reservation regulation of 1994.

“As per the regulation, if a candidate belonging to OBC category falls under general category, then he or she will be selected under unreserved category,” said CB Yadav, additional government general.

The court has fixed July 22 for next hearing. It may be mentioned here that students went on rampage on Monday, taking to street after five days of continuous agitation.