HC refuses to lift stay on 2011 KPSC appointments

HC refuses to lift stay on 2011 KPSC appointments

The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday refused to vacate the stay granted on the appointment of Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ gazetted probationers’ selected by the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) in 2011.

An interlocutory application (IA) was filed by 82 selected candidates who sought directions to vacate the stay to enable them to get their appointment letters. KPSC also sought directions for vacating the stay.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar said that they will hear the matter after the summer vacation and directed the petitioners to file their objections to the IA and adjourned the hearing to June 5, 2017.

The 2011 batch candidates, including those who have been appointed, have challenged the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal (KAT) order which directed the government to go ahead with the appointment of candidates to 362 posts. The petitioners have contended that despite large-scale irregularities in the selection process of the candidates wherein KPSC members were involved, the KAT ordered the government to go ahead with the appointments.

The petitioners have questioned the state government’s stand in the matter contending that it was the state government which had conducted a CID investigation into the issue and found mass malpractice in the selection process.

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