New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed that priority should be given to those in the reservation category who get extra marks in the general category as well.
In the year 2018, Rajasthan BSNL Circle has announced the recruitment of Telecom Technical Assistants (DDT). To qualify for the exam, the minimum marks for the general category were fixed at 40 per cent and the minimum marks for the reserved category at 33 per cent.
But, in the exam, not even one of the general category students got minimum marks. Meanwhile, 4 of the other backward classes passed with minimum marks for themselves.
Relaxation of scores: Alok Kumar Yadav got 39.87 per cent (OBC) and Dinesh Kumar 38.5 per cent (OBC). In this situation, the BSNL management relaxed the mark limit to 30% for the general category and 23% for the other backward category as most of the candidates did not qualify for the written test. According to these new guidelines, 5 people in the general category were eligible to work.
Sandeep Chaudhary filed a case in the tribunal challenging the decision of the BSNL management. He said in his petition, “It is invalid to change the minimum marks only to select the applicants.
Already, 2 selectors from the other backward classes (Alok Kumar Yadav and Dinesh Kumar) are eligible to be selected on the basis of merit for the vacancies to be filled through the public system. They should be selected in the general category.
For this reason, the number of vacancies already allocated for other backward classes should not be affected in any way. ”
Petition against the tribunal : The arbitral tribunal hearing this petition, if any, ruled that the aggrieved applicant should be given equal opportunity immediately. The BSNL management has filed a petition in the Rajasthan High Court challenging the verdict.
The apex court, which heard the case, ordered that “two candidates from the reserved sections be eligible for selection in the general category. Both Alok Kumar Yadav and Dinesh Kumar should be included in the general category list”.
Following this, the case was appealed to the Supreme Court by Justices, MR. The session, which included Shah and PV Nagaratna, came up for hearing earlier.
The trial court ruled that the judgment of the Rajasthan High Court would go ahead, citing the judgment of Judge Indira Sahni in the 1992 federal government case.
Further, it was also informed that the applicant belonging to the reservation class who got higher marks than the person who got the last mark in the general category is eligible to be selected under the general category.