No rule of reservation while short listing candidates for interview: DB

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A Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Tashi Rabstan today in a LPA held that while short listing candidates for interview, the rule of reservation need not to be followed
Division Bench also held that while short listing candidates for oral interview, if category wise candidates based on communal roster short listed, it would be detrimental to the meritorious candidates belonging to the reserved categories.
DB observed that it is evident that in the Open Merit category vacancies, candidates belonging to all categories irrespective of their categories were accommodated purely on the basis of the marks secured by them. As per the select list furnished, 225 candidates were selected in Open Merit category and the last selected candidate in Open Merit category has secured 1128 marks in the final selection, except four candidates who were selected under Physically Handicapped category. In RBA category 80 candidates were selected and the 79th candidate has secured 1051 marks in the final selection i.e. Main written examination and viva voce and the 80th candidate selected was under physically handicapped category.
In Scheduled Caste category 31 candidates were selected and the last candidate selected has secured total 1001 marks in the Main written examination and viva voce test.
Under the Scheduled Tribe category 40 candidates were selected and the last selected candidate selected under this category has secured 1006 total marks in the main written examination and viva voce test. In the ALC category 14 candidates were selected and the last selected candidate has secured 1060 marks.
Similarly in OSC category 8 candidates have been selected and the last selected candidate has secured 1094 marks in the final selection.
Division Bench after hearing the facts and figures which were produced by the official respondents and having regard to the well accepted proposition of law that while short listing the candidates for viva voce, added that reservation rules need not to be followed. There is no merit to accept any of the contentions raised by the appellants

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