Law dept in soup for calling candidates for interview without declaring results

For allegedly shortlisting candidates vying for the post of law officers in the Department of Law and Prosecution arbitrarily, for interview without declaration of results of the written examination, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Wednesday issued notices to Chandigarh Adminstration.

Notices have also been issued to Law and Prosecution Department and its director, asking them to respond to the serious allegations levelled by some of the unsuccessful candidates. The petitioners, through Advocate Sourabh Goel, have alleged that without even declaring the result of the written examination, which was conducted last month, the department has called some candidates to appear for the interview.

Goel contended that the department failed to disclose the criteria which have to be followed/adopted for shortlisting the candidates on the basis of written tests, also alleging that the department has done so to favour a few of them.

"The same was neither mentioned in the advertisement, nor at any time thereafter. The respondents also failed to disclose as to what criteria was followed initially to scrutinise the applications," the petition reads.

It was argued that the department had sent an e-mail to some of the candidates and called them for interview on January 9.

The department had issued advertisement to fill up six posts for law officers in the Department of Law and Prosecution in September last year.

It has also been contended that some of the "unsuccessful" candidates also submitted representation to the authorities immediately after the exam complaining that the exam had ambiguous questions. The candidates gave a representation requesting for checking the questions after making corrections.

Taking note, the CAT has not only issued notices to the respondents but also made it clear that the final selection will be subject to outcome of the petition in the tribunal.

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