Order restraining Grade II police recruitment stayed

The first bench of the Madras High Court comprising Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Subramonium Prasad on Tuesday set aside the order of a single judge to keep in abeyance till March 5 the entire selection process underway for filling up 8,888 vacancies for the posts of Grade II police constables, jail warders, and firemen by the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB).
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The first bench in its order held that the single judge should have considered the fact that the ongoing recruitment for the post of Grade II constable was a mass recruitment of 8,888 notified vacancies.

“As declared by the government, the appeal said a total number of 3.22 Lakh candidates appeared for written examination, amongst them, highest number of candidates participated from Vellore (23,585), next only to Madurai (25,185), where 1,019 candidates got provisionally selected,” it said.

Remitting the matter to the bench which hears such matters as per the latest roaster, the bench said, “In our opinion, it is a matter of inquiry and investigation and for that it was necessary for the single judge to have called for an affidavit from the State government as well as any other respondents arrayed in the writ petition for the purpose of assessing the material on record in order to arrive at a prima facie conclusion so as to give rise to need for passing interim order.”

The single judge Justice N Anand Venkatesh had on February 20 kept in abeyance the recruitment process on a petition from R Anbarasan and 14 others who sought a court-monitored CBI probe into the entire selection process.

The petitioners had alleged that in Vellore district alone, more than 1,019 candidates have been selected and their cut off mark was also unknown, whereas in the biggest city of Chennai only 500 candidates have been selected.

Moreover, in other districts, the number of candidates selected had not crossed the 300 mark. The petitioner had submitted that they were given to understand that most of those candidates from Vellore district have undergone coaching at one institute known as “Sigaram Tuition Centre”.

Likewise, in Villupuram district, more than 763 candidates have been selected and it was due to the result of several “rewarding coaching centres” operating in that district. It was reported that highest number of coaching centres was available in Villupuram under the guise of “geographical conditions”, the petitioners had submitted before the single judge.

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