2013 PCS exam: Punjab and Haryana HC reserves its judgment

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 21, 2015 20:28 IST

A Punjab and Haryana high court division bench on Monday reserved its judgment on the petitions challenging the Punjab Civil Services (Executive) and Allied Services Examination-2013 conducted by Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC).

The judgment was reserved after arguments by all sides concluded.

Initially, Deepak Bhatia had challenged the single-judge order, wherein it had directed the PPSC to prepare a list of successful candidates with minimum 33% marks in the general studies subject as a whole, not ‘paper-wise’ on January 8, 2015.

Bhatia filed the appeal on April 10 following which the court had stayed the exam result. The arguments at the division bench of justice SK Mittal and justice Shekher Dhawan concluded on Monday.

Earlier, the exam was challenged in December 2014 on account of the “arbitrary” methodology adopted by the PPSC for award of marks in the written examination. After the high court decided the petition in January, the fresh list was prepared, but by the time the result was to be announced, it was challenged before the division bench. The 120 posts were advertised in 2013. But as the court has imposed a stay on declaration of the result, the appointment letters are yet to be issued.

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