Six employees of Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kapurthala, who were not cleared for promotion, have petitioned the railway ministry, demanding a probe into the conduct of the examination.
The result for the test for promotions from Group-C to Group-B was declared on May 4. Three candidates were cleared for promotion. The employees have alleged that the railway authorities manipulated selection criteria and also changed the question paper pattern to favour select candidates.
JP Sharma, one of those ignored, said that in 2006, the RCF conducted a similar test for the sole vacancy of assistant financial advisor. Raman Kumar was given the appointment then.
"Parvinder Singh, who was the senior-most at that time, challenged Raman's promotion after getting access to his answer sheet under RTI Act. It was observed that candidate had failed."
"Since then, the RCF had neither given the promotion to Parvinder nor to Raman as the high court had ordered the conduct of a fresh test," claimed Vipan Jain, another candidate.
Chief accounts officer GS Hira said there was not even a remote chance of favouritism and only deserving candidates made it.