Special Correspondent

“Interview should always be transparent”

Entire process was done in the most suspicious manner: petitioner

He calls for a fresh list of applicants for the posts

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has set aside the selection and appointment of 12 persons as Diesel Loco Drivers in Chennai Port Trust (CPT).

Allowing a petition seeking to set aside an order of the CPT dated June last year with regard to the selection of the 12 candidates and consequently direct the respondents to call for a fresh list of applicants for the posts, Justice S. Nagamuthu said that in his considered opinion, the interview should always be transparent. There should not be even a slightest room for arbitrariness or favouritism.

In his petition, R. Kalaiarasan submitted that the entire process of selection was done in the most suspicious, arbitrary, colourable and discriminatory manner coupled with extraneous consideration.

Mr.Justice Nagamuthu said that if only each interview member assessed individually the performance of a candidate and awarded marks, the same would reflect transparency and avoid arbitrariness. That process had not been followed in this case.

Norms given the go-by

The norms in the matter of awarding marks for experience were also given the go-by. In view of the law laid down by the Supreme Court, the Judge said he was of the considered view that it would be in the interest of justice to direct the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways and the Chennai Port Trust to call all the 100 candidates who participated in the earlier interview, conduct interview and award marks in accordance with the norms formulated by the selection committee and select suitable candidates on merit and appoint them.