HC upholds single bench verdict

SSB directed to finalize selection list afresh



Srinagar, May 2: Upholding the decision of single bench which had quashed the provisional select list of Assistant Information Officers last year, a division bench of Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the Services Selection Board to finalize the selection list afresh.
 The court directed the SSB to finalize the process of selection with promptitude of the eligible candidates who have applied in response to three the advertisement notices.
 A division bench of justices Muhammad Yaqoob Mir and Janak Raj Kotwal while disposing of appeals against the writ court order held, “when the provisional selection list offends the rules, then to continue with the process shall not be permissible because process initiated is a base for follow up, when base is shaken, follow up shall be in-consequential.”
 The bench directed the Board to first constitute the committees as required in terms of law (Rule 6(4) of the Rules of 2010) and then fix the criteria in tune with Rule 14 of the Rules of 2010.
 In 2006, 2008 and 2010, the SSB had issued three separate notifications for the posts of Assistant Information Officer Grade-II. It issued a provisional selection list on January 21, 2012.
 A single bench had quashed the selection list on the grounds that a change in criteria in the middle of the selection process and methodology on the date the Aptitude test and interview was carried out by the selection agency. The court had observed that the Board had sidelined the merit in the qualifying examination saying no credit had been given to higher qualification.
 Underlining the violations of the SSB , the division bench held, “question is that when law provides for doing a particular thing in a particular manner, same cannot be permitted to be violated. The Committee constituted for the selection is not in conformity with the Rules of 2010. When constitution of the Committee and the criteria fixed violates the rules, any selection based on such criteria has to collapse.”
 Respondents were represented by Advocates M Ashraf Wani and Vasundra Masoodi. 

Lastupdate on : Thu, 2 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 2 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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