CAT notice to SSC over pleas against withholding results
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The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has issued notice to the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) of the Department of Personnel and Training, to reply to a number of petitions alleging that a decision to withhold results of a large number of candidates who appeared for interview after clearing the Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2012, was "arbitrary and malafide". The petitioners have also said that they have received show-cause notices raising allegations of cheating against them, even though there is "no indication of reliable evidence" in this regard.
In a notice issued on May 30, the SSC had revised its list of successful candidates for various central government posts, withholding the results of over 830 candidates for various categories of posts. The notice states that the results have been revised because of "some discrepancies" noticed after the result of the Combined Graduate Level Examination was declared in February this year.
"There were at least 15 different petitioners with similar pleas which were heard, and the notice was issued for all pleas," said advocate Naushad Khan, who has filed an application on behalf of a 27-year-old OBC candidate, Sourabh Bhati, asking CAT to quash the show-cause notice issued to him by SSC. The show-cause notice, which is similar to those issued to many others, alleges that the candidate had "resorted to copying in the said papers in association with other candidates who also took the same examination".
In his application, Bhati has argued that the commission had withheld the results of a large number of candidates, without holding any proper inquiry. He has also sought the quashing of the May 30 notification on grounds of it being "discriminatory". "The board has not given us any material on the basis of which the show-cause notice was issued. This is against principles of natural justice," argued Khan.
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