High Court Vacates stay on selection of Naib Tehsildars
Asks SSB to go ahead with the selection process
The High Court on Tuesday directed Services Selection Board (SSB) to go ahead with the selection process for the post of Naib Tehsildars. Over 70,000 candidates who had applied for the post had appeared in the written test in April.
On May 4 this year, the High Court had put in abeyance the selection process .u r at jk up dates.by the SSB upon hearing a petition by a candidate Abdul Hamid who said for “writing the test he had to travel a distance of 40 kilometers from the center where he was supposed to take the examination”.
A bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey gave the nod for proceeding in the selection process after hearing advocate Shoukat Thakur on behalf of the petitioner (Abdul Hamid) and additional advocate general Mir Suhail for the SSB.
Advocate Suhail submitted before the court that the details collected by the SSB and placed on record negate the claims of the candidate that he was not privy about the change of his center.
After perusing the records the SSB had placed on record, the court vacated the stay. .u r at jk up dates.While modifying its order of 4 May 2018 which had halted the selection process, the court held that the “selection process can no more be stopped in the interest of the general public involved in the matter”.
It however asked the Board to keep one post reserved for the petitioner saying the same shall be subject to the outcome of the writ petition. Hamid had approached the court through advocate Shoukat Thakur .u r at jk up dates.saying he was originally asked to appear in the test at 1 pm at Nusrat-ul-Islam High School in Anantnag.
“He reached the examination center at noon as per the instructions of Board and was told that his examination center has been changed from Nusrat-ul-Islam High School to SKM college Pulwama, which is 40 Kms away,” Hamid’s counsel had said.
Shocked by this sudden last minute change of venue, Hamid had told the court that he rushed to SKM College but couldn’t reach there before 2:30 pm. Initially, he said, he was not allowed by the supervisory staff to sit in the examination for being late.
However, on the intervention of District Development Commissioner, Hamid submitted before the court that he was finally given only half an hour to write the test during which he could attempt only 80 questions out of 120.
The petitioner pleaded that the circumstances imposed on him by the SSB for writing the test precluded a fair chance to succeed in the examination.
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