JAMMU: In three LPAs filed by State of J and K against the judgment of the Writ Court whereby Writ Court directed State for appointment of petitioners in KAS in different categories, A Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice M.M Kumar and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur upheld the judgment of writ Court and dismissed the three appeals filed by the state.
This landmark judgment written by Chief Justice M.M Kumar for the Division Bench after hearing Senior AAG Gagan Basotra for the state whereas Senior Advocate P.N Raina with Advocates Sanjay Verma, H.L Koul and Nitin Bhasin appearing respondent in LPA (petitioner in writ petition) observed that this order shall dispose of LPASW No. 195 of 2013 and other two connected appeals as all the appeals are directed against the judgment and order dated 8th August, 2013 passed by the Writ Court.
In the present case an examination was conducted for induction into KAS, J and K Accounts (Gazetted Services) and J and K Police (Gazetted) Services. The petitioner-respondents had approached the Court with a grievance that on account of non-joining, some posts became available and therefore, they being next in merit were deserved to be considered and appointed.
Writ Court issued following directions “In view of the aforesaid discussion, objections filed by respondents are over-ruled. Since petitioner No.1 has been selected in the J and K Combined Competitive Examination 2011-12, the writ petition has been dismissed to that extent. Thus only petitioner no.2 is found entitled to relief claimed in the petition. Respondents 1 and 2 are directed to consider filling up of the vacancy caused on account of non-joining of a selected candidate under Schedule Tribe category and offer appointment to petitioner no.2 in the “left-over” position in any available service.
Same ratio will apply to petitioners in the other two connected writ petitions.
In SWP no. 2269/2011 petitioner stands as “first waiting” under RBA category and, is found entitled to consideration for appointment against the vacancy caused due to non-joining of Mohammad Farooq Shan. In SWP No. 1067/2012 petitioner is found entitled to consideration for being appointed either against the availability of seven unfilled posts or against one of the two posts which had fallen vacant due to the non-joining of two candidates namely Vijay Kumar and Jatinder Goswami. Respondents’ No. 1&2 shall accord consideration to the appointment of petitioners accordingly. Let this exercise be completed within a period of one month from the date a copy of this order is made available to the respondents by the petitioners.
Division Bench after perusal of the directions would show that the Writ Court has asked the appellants to fill up the vacancies caused on account of non-joining of selected candidates by considering the petitioner-respondents.
Sr. AAG Gagan Basotra has vehemently argued that there is no rule providing preparation of a waiting list and no waiting list has in fact been prepared by the Public Service Commission.
However, D.C Raina as well as Nitin Bhasin senior counsel for the Public Service Commission and the writ petitioner have argued that Rule 57 of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (Business and Procedure) Rules 1980 makes a provision for waiting list of candidates at the instance of Public Service Commission which is required to be communicated to the Government.
In other words, the Public Service Commission is authorised to prepare a waiting list. It would be appropriate to set out Rule 57 in extenso which reads thus: “57. The decisions of the Commission for making appointment by direct recruitment shall subject to the provisions of Rule 9 and 10, be signed by all the members.
The recommendations shall be valid for a period of one year from the date they are communicated to the Government. The validity period, however, can be extended for a further period of six months on specific request of the Government if the request for such extension is made before the expiry of the validity of the panel.
Provided that waiting list of candidates may be drawn up by the Commission and communicated to the Government along with the original recommendations to the extent to be determined by the Commission in each case.
After the recommendations for direct recruitment as communicated to the Government the Secretary shall intimate individually to the candidates selected/recommended against clear vacancies the fact of their names having been recommended to the Government for appointment. This shall be in Form No.6.
Secretary shall, thereafter, make public the select list and the waiting list by affixing a copy of the same on the Notice Board of the Commission and also by publishing in the Government Gazetted. This shall be in form No.7.”
Division Bench after perusal of the Rule would show that the recommendations made by the Public Service Commission would remain valid for a period of one year from the date such recommendations are communicated to the Government and the same is extendable for a further period of six months.
Thus, there is no room to accept the contention advanced by Senior AAG Basotra, State counsel. Another submission made by Senior AAG Basotra is that the writ court could have issued directions for consideration and not for appointment of the petitioner-respondents. On a close scrutiny of the direction issued by the l Writ Court, Division Bench observed that “we find that the Writ Court has not issued direction for appointment in respect of any of the writ petitioner-respondents. We find that Writ Court has been conscious while issuing direction that the petitioner-respondents be considered for appointment. Even this argument would not survive for consideration.” With these observations Division Bench dismissed the appeal filed by the State. JNF