The Jharkhand state government last advertised in 2008 to fill the vacancies of sub-inspectors, sergeants and company commanders. Based on the competitive examination related to this, 382 persons were appointed. Following a complaint of malpractice, a high-level committee headed by the state DGP was set up to look into the matter.
Meanwhile, some of the examinees filed a petition in the Jharkhand High Court. The petition said, “Those who score lower than us have been given jobs. Therefore, re-appointment should be ordered on the basis of merit. ”
While the case was being investigated, the government canceled the appointments of 42 people on the recommendation of a high-level government committee. Instead a revised appointment list based on merit was published. 43 of them were newcomers. Subsequently, 42 persons whose appointments were canceled approached the High Court. The High Court, which refused to accede to their request, ruled that the appointment of 43 persons would go ahead.
Subsequently, an appeal was filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of 42 people who lost their jobs. A bench of Justices L Nageshwara Rao and Indira Banerjee heard the case and directed that the judgment of the Jharkhand High Court go ahead.
In the order issued by the judges in this regard, “on the basis of merit Government employment There is no doubt that in the competitive examination for public service, ignoring the highest scorers and giving jobs to the lowest scorers is an act in violation of Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution. ”