BENGALURU: In another setback to 362 gazetted probationers (KAS and other posts) of the 2011 batch, the Karnataka High Court on Friday stuck to its decision of annulment of all those appointments owing to
huge irregularities in the selection process. The candidates had been selected by the Karnataka Public Service Commission amid irregularities.
A division bench of Justice H G Ramesh and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar dismissed the interlocutory applications (IAs) filed by some of the selected candidates. In their IAs, the candidates are now seeking directions to the KPSC to redo the interview based on the eligibility list published on November 3, 2011 so that interviews can be held again.
In the judgement pronounced, the division bench said, “We have recorded that the results of written examination are vitiated. In view of this, fresh ‘viva voce’ cannot be ordered on the basis of existing results of written examination”. The court annulled the appointments on March 9, 2018.The time lapse – of nearly 8 years from the designated year of recruitment and five and a half years from the date of written examination – was also taken into account by the court.
“We were appalled as we went through the outrageous and scandalous revelations from the preliminary report, a portion of which we have reproduced in earlier paragraphs. The irregularities in evaluation of answer scripts is shockingly disgraceful and shakes the confidence upon the ‘Public Service Commission’”, the court said.