BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha Administrative Tribunal (OAT) has ruled that the result of the recruitment test for appointment of sub-inspectors (SI) of police-level officers should not be published without its leave.
Hearing petitions filed by 29 candidates, the tribunal refused to issue any direction for stay of viva voce test since selected candidates had already been called.
The viva voce test must be conducted as per schedule but result of the selected candidates shall not be published without leave of OAT, Chairman Justice N Prusty ruled.
The order came in pursuant to petitions filed by the aspirants who had alleged that unfair practices were allowed during the main examination for recruitment for the posts of SI of Police, Sergeant of Police, Deputy Subedar, Assistant Jailor and Station Officer (Fire Service). The Staff Selection Commission is holding the test.
The petitioners alleged that in the advertisement issued regarding main examination, it was stipulated that duration of Paper I and II will be one hour, while that of Paper III will be three hours.
However, at the time of examination, without announcing any modification to the duration mentioned in the ad, the authorities allegedly enhanced the limits.
The Paper I and II were held for one hour and a half while Paper III was held for three hours, the petitioners said adding, it allowed candidates to adopt unfair means.
Further alleging that the clause regarding negative marking was not mentioned earlier - although mandatory - but it was in the prospectus as well as in preliminary examination papers, the petitioners had challenged the result of the examination.