Recruitment of 533 Police Sub-Inspectors through the Limited Departmental Examination would be further delayed as the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) has ordered the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) to re-verify eligibility of all the 22,000 candidates who appeared for 2008 Limited Departmental Examination.
The directive has come following applications filed by 170 candidates, who had cleared the main examination but their names did not figure in the list of selected candidates.
The applicants, all constabulary members, had challenged the recruitment process on various grounds. One of their contentions was that MPSC had not scrutinised the applications properly and many ineligible candidates were allowed to appear for the examination.
Arvind Bandiwadekar, representing the constabulary members said that a certain amount of work experience was required along with acquiring specific educational qualification. However, MPSC had allowed all candidates to sit for the exam without checking if the had the work experience.
A division bench of the tribunal comprising vice-chairman R B Budhiraja and member, Justice S R Sathe accepted the contention and held that experience gained after acquiring educational qualification alone could be considered.
The bench, in its order issued on Wednesday, said that it would be necessary for MPSC to re-scrutinise all applications to verify whether the candidates had the required experience or not.
The bench also directed MPSC to adjust marks of all the candidates, who ran 800 metres during their physical tests on a 200-metre track by deducting 4 seconds from their timing. The applicants had also contended that applicants at some centres had run 800 meters on a 200-metre track while the remaining ran on a 400-metre track.
Their lawyer, advocate Bandiwadekar had argued that the candidates who ran on a 200-metre track had to negotiate twice the number of curves negotiated by candidates who ran on the 400-metre track.
The tribunal has held the contention as valid and directed MPSC to adjust marks saying it was a glaring discrepancy disadvantaging candidates who ran on the 200-metre tracks.
The tribunal had stayed the recruitment process on January 1 — the day when training of the selected candidates was scheduled to start and some of them had in fact reported to the training schools.