HC seeks APPSC’s assessment affidavit on civil service prelims

Staff Reporter
NAHARLAGUN, Sep 5: The High Court has directed the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) to produce an affidavit to establish that the commission had set up an empanelled expert committee to look into the grievances of the commerce candidates, and taken a decision accordingly.
The direction came on Wednesday following a writ petition by the commerce candidates who appeared for the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competitive Examination (Prelims) which was heard here at the Itanagar bench of the Gauhati High Court.
“If the grievances were looked into and decided by an empanelled expert committee, the judge cannot give his or her judgement in favour of the candidates. However, similar cases have been placed in higher courts, where factors such as who the committee members are and on what basis the compensatory marks were given, would play an important role in the case”, a counsel said.
Reportedly, the judge has suggested giving the commerce candidates another opportunity to appear for the examination, but the commission’s counsel argued that doing so would disrupt the ratio of mains candidates.
The next hearing has been set for 12 September.
Meanwhile, candidates of several other subjects have also decided to approach the court for the same and seek fresh examinations in case the commission fails to prove that there was no injustice meted out to the candidates.
These include candidates from geography, civil engineering, history, philosophy, public administration, sociology, etc.
Earlier, on 28 August, the commerce candidates had filed a writ petition at the Itanagar bench of the Gauhati High Court, seeking redress of their grievances by the APPSC.
In the writ petition, the petitioners (candidates) said they were aggrieved by the impugned preliminary examination results declared on 2 August, 2018, and the notification issued on 27 August, 2018, for the mains examinations, as well as the scheduled date of 26 September, 2018 as the last date for submission of documents.