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Railway Board permitted to issue appointment orders



J. Venkatesan

Apex court stays A.P. High Court order on publishing results of written test



NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has permitted the Railway Recruitment Board to appoint over 2,500 candidates for Group 'D' posts for which the second written test was held in 2004.

A Bench of Justice H.K. Sema and Justice B.N. Srikrishna stayed a judgment of the Andhra Pradesh High Court restraining the Board from publishing the results of the written test.

Subject to SLP outcome

The Bench, after hearing Additional Solicitor-General, R. Mohan on Friday, permitted the Board to publish the results. While issuing notice to the 295 respondents (petitioners before the High Court), it said the Board would be at liberty to make the appointments to fill the posts.The appointments, however, would be subject to the outcome of the SLP filed by the Board.

Mass copying

The Board in its SLP said applications were called for in June 2003 for filling Group 'D' posts in the Railways. The written test was conducted during November/December 2003 and 2,690 successful candidates were called for physical efficiency test. Thereafter the selected candidates were called for certificate verification. But before the final selection list was published, complaints were received about rigging in the test and an enquiry found that there was mass copying.

As a result it was decided to hold a second written test for candidates who qualified in the first test.



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