SC Upholds Karnataka High Court’s Decision on Cancellation of Selection Conducted by The Karnataka Public Service Commission

The Supreme Court upheld the decision of Karnataka Superior Court in which in it had cancelled the selection carried out by the Karnataka General public Company Commission (“KPSC”). This decision was given by the bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Rohinton Fali Nariman in the case of Avinash.C & Ors. V. State of Karnataka & Ors.[CIVIL APPEAL NOs. 3543-3555 OF 2018].
The issue arose out of Choice carried out by the Karnataka General public Company Commission (“KPSC”)pursuant to Notification dated 3.11.2011 for filling up 362 posts of the Team ‘A’ and Team ‘D’ in the State of Karnataka. Exams have been carried out on 22.04.2012. Created exams for mains have been carried out among 15.12.2012 and 16.01.2013. Interviews have been held among 01-04-2013 and 27.05.2013. There have been grievances of mal-techniques and irregularities in the carry out of exams as well as the interviews. It was inter alia alleged that there have been demands of bribes from candidates. The FIR was lodged towards Chairman, Member and some officials of the KPSC. On receipt of the interim report of CID dated 10th September, 2013, the State Federal government on 15th December,2013 directed annulment of analysis of prepared examination as well as the personality exam. The KPSC nevertheless, released the decide on list. The State Federal government withdrew the requisition for appointments on 14.08.2014.
The over purchase was challenged by the effective candidates ahead of the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal. The Tribunal vide purchase dated 19th October, 2016 quashed the decision of the State Federal government and directed appointment of the picked candidates. Some picked candidates have been given appointments.
The purchase of the Tribunal was challenged ahead of the Superior Court. The Superior Court by the impugned purchase established aside the purchase of the Tribunal. The higher courtroom while placing aside the decision of the tribunal noticed that appointment of ineligible, inefficient or persons of questionable integrity has serious adverse effects on the doing work of the Federal government and is anathema to the rule of legislation. Greatest selection to Federal government provider was the mandate of the Structure. No correct accrued to candidates merely by being in the decide on list. As a result, the Tribunal was in error in directing appointment of persons validity of whose selection was critically doubted by the Federal government.
The Supreme Court in its decision said “We uncover that the Superior Court has referred to substance on record in the type of connect with particulars among candidates and customers of the KPSC. All the customers who interviewed the candidates awarded particularly the exact marks to particular candidates. There was no goal evaluation by unique customers. There appeared to be extraneous motives in awarding the marks. 566 candidates have been awarded exact marks which appeared to be pre-established. Electronic video clip recorder in the KPSC creating was replaced to wipe out evidence. In this view of the issue, we do not uncover any floor to interfere with the view of the Superior Court that the selection could not have been sustained. If the selection is identified to be tainted in any fashion, it is often open up to the worried authority to annul this kind of selection to keep purity of the selection method.It could not often be necessary to segregate tainted and untainted candidates when the method itself is tainted. Additionally, at pre-appointment stage, decision to terminate the selection method can be interfered only if it is patently arbitrary, malafide or illegal. In the current case, the Superior Court has rightly utilized these parameters and identified no case for interference with the decision to annul the selection.
A new rivalry was lifted by some of the parties publishing that the prepared examination is not vitiated by any irregularity and the exact can be sustained and so interviews can be held yet again.
In thing to consider to this rivalry the Apex courtroom said ” Since this rivalry does not look to have been lifted ahead of the Superior Court we permit this rivalry to be now lifted by both of the parties by moving to the Superior Court in two months from today. If this kind of an software is moved, the Superior Court could examine the exact on merits. If the Superior Court finds that the prepared examination is free from any blemish, the Superior Court could take into consideration restoration of the end result of the prepared examination and even more selection method to be carried out. It will also be open up to the Superior Court to direct re-analysis of scripts of all the candidates or to maintain the cancellation of end result of the prepared examination so that new selection can be held.
Supreme Court did not specific any viewpoint on merits of the rival contentions which will be open up to be long gone into by the Superior Court. Taking into thing to consider the urgency of the issue beacuse occupations of numerous aspirants are at stake the Supreme Court directed the Superior Court to just take a decision in the issue at the earliest if possible in a period of three months from the day the Superior Court is approached.