Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Sep 2:
The Odisha High Court today sought records from the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) while conducting a hearing on its petition challenging an order of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on recruitment for the Odisha Administrative Service (OAS).
In its order, the SAT had annulled the merit list of candidates drawn by the OPSC on the basis of the results of the (OAS)-2011 preliminary examinations.
The Court has fixed the next date of hearing in the matter for Wednesday.
In its petition filed in the High Court on August 28, the OPSC had sought quashing of the SAT order asking it to cancel the merit list, which it said was ‘unconstitutional and illegal’.
The OPSC had contended in its petition that as per rules, hearing on such cases should have been done by a division bench which had not been done in this case. A single member bench of the SAT acting chairman had conducted the hearing in the case, it had said.
The SAT had completed the hearing on the original application after conducting a hearing in a misc case and even issuing an interim order, which is a violation of the rules, OPSC had argued.
In his order on August 26, the SAT’s acting chairman SN Das had cancelled the merit list prepared on the basis of the results of Odisha Administrative Service (OAS)-2011 preliminary examinations and had asked OPSC to prepare a fresh merit list within the next two months based on pro-rata evaluation.
The single member bench of the Tribunal had passed the order while adjudicating on two petitions challenging the publication of the merit list for the OAS-2011 preliminary examinations over the award of grace marks. It had stated that the manner in which OPSC had awarded grace marks for wrong questions in preliminary examinations was not acceptable.
With the OPSC and SAT embroiled in a legal battle in the High Court, uncertainty looms large over the holding of OAS Mains examinations scheduled on September 6.
It may be noted here that out of 29 subjects in the OAS-2011 preliminary examinations, there were bloopers in question papers of as many as 19 subjects. Full marks were awarded to candidates, who attempted writing answers for the wrong questions in certain subjects.
This ultimately benefited only those who had appeared in subjects which had wrong questions in the question paper at the cost of those who had chosen subjects that did not have similar problems in their question papers.