New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred the hearing of pleas filed by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants, whose candidatures had been cancelled due to non-submission of educational qualification proof on the specified date.
A led by Justice AM Khanwilkar adjourned the matter for six weeks, stating the parties were yet to reach an amicable decision and were in the process.
The petitioners stated that their candidatures have been cancelled amid the Covid-19 situation citing Civil Services Examination Rules, 2020, in which proof of educational qualification needs to be submitted.
During the last hearing, UPSC submitted that Covid-19 pandemic situation cannot be an excuse for not submitting the certificates on time.
Also, the recruitment exam body had said that the eligibility relaxation cannot be given to different candidates on different grounds as it would be contrary to the tenets of Article 14 and Article 16.