Service commission can’t evolve own selection method, rules HC - ECAS Punjab

Service commission can’t evolve own selection method, rules HC

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 24

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that it was impermissible for a public service commission to evolve its own method of selection, which was not in consonance with the relevant service rules. Justice Anil Kshetarpal also ruled that commission chairman could not take important policy decisions at individual level.

The ruling came on a petition filed against the State of Punjab and others by Jasveer Singh through counsel Alka Chatrath, seeking to set aside a recruitment notice issued by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) in September 2018, inviting applications for 22 posts of extra assistant conservator of forest in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Protection. It was argued that the commission had drawn its own pattern of conducting written examinations.

Justice Kshetarpal asserted that Article 320(1) of the Constitution provided that the Union and the state public service commissions were required to conduct examinations for appointment to the services of the union and the state.

"Once the service rules provide for the manner and method of recruitment, in the considered view of this court, the commission has no jurisdiction to deviate or ignore the same," Justice Kshetarpal added. The Bench also allowed the writ petition and set aside the advertisement/ recruitment notice dated September 27, 2018, along with various corrigendum.

from The Tribune

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