Jammu : HC quashes selection of 3 candidates as JEs

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High Court has quashed the selection of three persons as Junior Engineers (Electrical) on contractual basis in Doda district.

The order was passed in a petition filed by Iftikhar Hussain Shah challenging the appointment of respondents made vide Order No 404-DCP of 2006 dated 31.08.2006, Order No. 424-DCP of 2006 dated 18.09.2006 and Order No.526-DCP of 2006 dated 27.11.2006.

After hearing Advocate Aditya Gupta for the petitioner, Justice Sanjeev Kumar observed, “the appointment of respondents cannot be wholly sustained. The selection and appointment of respondents has already been held to be bad, the same shall, therefore, stand quashed”

High Court directed Deputy Commissioner Doda  to re-evaluate the academic merit of all eligible candidates who had participated in the selection process by taking into consideration the aggregate of the marks of all the years of degree/diploma, as the case may be.

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“The marks given by the Selection Committee in the viva-voce shall, however, remain the same. The merit of eligible candidates shall be re-worked and determined afresh and select list shall be re-drawn.

Those of the appointed candidates, who will still make it to the select list, shall not be disturbed, whereas those who on re-determination of the merit fall short of requisite merit to be in the select list, shall be ousted”, High Court said.

“The new candidates, if any, coming in the selection zone, shall be offered the appointment retrospectively with effect from the date the private respondents were appointed with all consequential benefits minus the monetary benefits”, Justice Kumar said.

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