Srinagar: The State High Court has stayed new list of candidates who were declared by the J&K Public Service Commission to have qualified Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) 2016 preliminary exams.
Hearing a petition filed by dropped KAS aspirants, a single bench of the court comprising Justice M K Hanjura issued a notice to the J&KPSC and asked it to file response to the plea within four weeks.
“In the meantime, subject to the objections and till next date before the Bench, the operation of the impugned notification No. PSC/exams/2017/44 dated 09.08.2017 is stayed,” the court said.
In their plea, the applicants have stated that as per Supreme Court guidelines, the JKPSC cannot fix new cut-off and once they do it, it has retrospective effect which amounts to change of rules. The Supreme Court, they said, says that rules cannot be changed.
“Under the grab that they are setting answer keys all right, they have in fact done revaluation as additional or subtraction is revaluation, so under rules, revaluation is not permitted,” lawyer representing the aspirants said.
Thirdly, they said, in an affidavit file before the Jammu wing of the High Court, the J&KPSC has stated that all discrepancies were corrected before first result was declared.
Last week, the J&K Public Service Commission come up with a new list of candidates having qualified Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS)-2016 preliminary exams, following the controversy over wrong answer keys shown against 24 questions.