HC seeks information on PDO exam malpractices

The High Court on Thursday sought information from the State government regarding alleged malpractices in the exams conducted to fill up Panchayat Development Officers’ (PDO) post recently.

A HC division bench comprising justices V Gopal Gowda and BV Nagaratna issued an order while hearing a petition by candidates. The petitioners had challenged the Government ordinance issued on July 7 this year to fill up 2,500 posts.

The petitioners had argued that a single bench of HC permitted the Government to declare the results though malpractices had taken place in exam centres in Gangavati, Koppal and other cities.

The police raided exam centres in Gulbarga and Gangavathi and recovered Rs 10 lakh and seven cellphones and arrested eight persons in this regard. But, the government has failed to take action against the accused, the petitioners argued.

The petitioners also challenged the government’s stand of allowing Merit Trade, a private company to conduct exams instead of KPSC. A PIL is pending in the court seeking it to declare the exams null and void. The bench also served emergency notices on KPSC.
Seats reservation

The High Court has directed the state government to reserve seats for visually-challenged people in its notification for the post of primary teachers.

The National Federation of the Blind had filed a PIL in High Court challenging a notification issued for the post of 4,928 primary teachers on June 4, 2009.

A Common Entrance Test was held for admission on September 13. The petitioners
argued that notification had reserved five per cent of the posts for People With Disability (PWD) and did not reserve any posts for visually challenged people.

A double bench in June 2007 had ruled that one per cent of the seats had to be reserved for visually challenged and the notification did not follow this

A division bench comprising Chief Justice P D Dinakaran and Justice Ashok B Hinchigeri directed the state to keep 49 seats vacant out of the 4,928 seats and allow the petitioners to apply for the posts.

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