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HC upholds criteria for intel wing recruitments, clears 837 selections

June 17, 2019 05:54 AM


HC upholds criteria for intel wing recruitments, clears 837 selections
Court Approves Hiring Of 725 Assistants, 112 Officers In Punjab Police Arm


The Punjab and Haryana High Court has upheld the technical qualification prescribed by the Punjab Police for recruitment of officials in the intelligence wing of the state police.

The court has, thus, cleared the appointment of 725 intelligence assistants who were selected in the rank of constable, and 112 intelligence officers in the rank of subinspector (SI) as per the qualification prescribed by the state government.

Justice Rajan Gupta passed the order dismissing a bunch of petitions filed by R K Harshvir Singh of Ropar and others.

The petitioners had qualification of BTech (graduation), along with fundamental of computer programming and information technology as one of the subjects. The state government, on the other hand, had prescribed that the candidate should be a graduate from a recognized university or institution and should also possess an “O” level certificate of information technology from the Department of Electronics Accreditation of Computer Course (DOEACC) or the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), or an equivalent institution recognized by the government of India or a state government.

“The selection board found that qualification possessed by the petitioners was not equivalent to that prescribed in the advertisement. Counsels for the petitioners tried to convince this court about the equivalence of qualification. However, the argument does not cut ice. The qualification is clearly prescribed in the advertisement. Admittedly, petitioners do not possess the same.

“There is nothing to show that qualification possessed by the petitioners including the ‘O’ level certificate, if any, has been obtained from an institution equivalent to DOEACC or NIELIT. The emphasis in the advertisement is on ‘equivalent institution’ recognized by the government of India or any state government. None of the petitioners claim to have qualification from such ‘equivalent institution’,” observed Justice Gupta while dismissing the petition.

One of the counsels related to the case, Vikas Chatrath, said that though the constables and SIs had joined their duties, they had submitted an affidavit that their appointments shall be subject to the outcome of the petitions challenging the technical qualifications prescribed by the state.

In September 2016, the Punjab Police had advertised posts for the selection of 725 posts of intelligence assistant (male and female) in the rank of constable and 112 posts of intelligence officer (male and female) in its intelligence wing. A large number of candidates not possessing the qualification prescribed by the state in the advertisement had approached the high court after their candidatures were cancelled.

Although the appointment process was completed, the sword of litigation was hanging on them because of the petitions. But now, the court decision has cleared their recruitment

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