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Seal attendance record of exam centres: HC to HPSC

October 05, 2018 06:25 AM

COURTESY TOI OCT 5

Seal attendance record of exam centres: HC to HPSC
Ajay.Sura@timesgroup.com

Chandigarh:

To verify if multiple roll numbers are being issued to same candidates by the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) to facilitate cheating in competitive examinations, the Punjab and Haryana high court ordered to seal the complete attendance record of the centres, where the test papers were conducted by the commission.


The high court has also directed the commission to produce the record pertaining to the candidates who appeared in the recently held examinations.

A division bench comprising Justice Mahesh Grover and Justice Mahabir Singh Sindhu passed these orders while considering the arguments that there is possibility of a racket where candidates are issued multiple roll numbers for the examinations, facilitating them to cheat during the written examination.

Advocate Sunil Nehra, counsel for the petitioners, who has alleged leakage of examination held for the post of assistant professor (Hindi), alleged that a candidate, adopting unfair means to qualify the examinations conducted by HPSC, submits several applications and is issued several roll numbers. He, then, appears in the examination at a centre of his choice, where it is easy for him take any kind of help in qualifying the examination, Nehra has explained.

“Let the records of the attendance in examination centres be sealed and brought to this court. Likewise, HPSC would give the details of examinations conducted in the recent past to show as to in how many examinations, multiple applications have been accepted to release multiple roll numbers to candidates,” the bench has ordered. The case has now been fixed for October 31 for further hearing.

The bench passed these orders while hearing the case, alleging leakage of the question paper for the selection of assistant professors (Hindi) in Haryana. Main allegations are that the examination paper was leaked from at a centre in a private school in Panchkula.

The matter reached the HC in the wake of a petition filed by Rajeev Kumar, a resident of Bhiwani, and several other candidates who took part in the selection process of assistant professor (Hindi). The main allegation in the petition is that during the examination on February 26, 2017, several candidates entered the examination centre at Doon School in Panchkula and not checked properly. Later, one person was found using a mobile phone and sending the questions on WhatsApp to a paper solver.

The HC has already restrained the state from making any appointments on these posts. The petitioners have been demanding re-conduct of the examination on the grounds that it was leaked in Panchkula.

In February 2016, HPSC had advertised for 112 posts of assistant professors (college cadre) in Hindi subject and the final selection list was declared on August 9.

 

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