Supreme Court vacates stay on KAS interviews

Supreme Court vacates stay on KAS interviews
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New Delhi, Jan 21: The Supreme Court of India has vacated stay the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) exam 2016, the interview/viva voce of which was put on hold by the State High Court in December 2018. The Apex Court has issued notices and set the Jammu and Kashmir High Court at liberty to decide the case on merits.
On Monday a bench of the Chief Justice and Justice Sanjiv Khanna vacated the stay on further examination and selection process but made it clear that no appointment will be made.
A Supreme Court thus issued said, “In the interim, we direct that selection process can be completed and no appointment will be made. We make it clear that the High Court would be free to decide the suo motu Public Interest Litigation on merits on the date fixed”.
It may be recalled here that the Division Bench of Jammu and Kashmir High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar had on December 21 treated the representation filed by aggrieved aspirants as Public Interest Litigation and stayed the further selection process of KAS 2016.
“A number of aggrieved candidates, who are present in person, have raised issues before us with regard to KAS examination notification of 2016. A representation dated 17-12-2018 with the signatures of 83 applicants complaining the alleged irregularities in the J&K Public Service Commission Combined Competitive (Mains) Examination held from 2nd July to 8th August, 2018 has been placed before us”, the DB observed.
“There are complaints with regard to the digital marking in the examination, data corruption and huge human error. In addition, it is submitted that the J&K Public Service Commission has resorted to arbitrary scaling and moderation which was not mentioned in the notification when the posts were advertised”, the DB further observed.