A single bench of the Manipur High Court on Tuesday directed the Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC) to allow three candidates to update their relevant data within a period of two days and ensure that they are allowed to appear in the main examination to be held on May 26, 27 and 29.
Three candidates, who had appeared in the Manipur Civil Services Combined Competitive (Main) Examination, 2016 filed a writ petition before the high court for directing the MPSC to allow them to update their data and allow them to appear in the main examination.
In their petition, the candidates stated that they failed to have knowledge about the issuance of the fresh exam notification through the print media and the website of the MPSC. Accordingly, they failed to upload their data within the period prescribed. However, they approached the MPSC authorities to allow them to update the data and allow them to appear in the main examination as directed by the Apex Court by filing representations, as per their petition.
As the representations have not been considered by the authorities, they approached the court by filing the writ petition with a prayer for directing the authorities of the MPSC to allow them to appear in the main examination, they stated.
Following the Supreme Court direction, the MPSC took up necessary process for conducting the main examination afresh and in the process; the MPSC issued a notification on April 24, notifying the candidates eligible to appear in the main examination and to update details such as recent passport size photograph; signature; mobile number and postal address. It is also mentioned in the notification that the updating of date should be done from April 28 to midnight of May 10. However, they failed to update the data within the period prescribed to them.
Senior counsel for the MPSC submitted that he got instruction that it will be difficult on the part of the authorities to allow them to appear in the examination as every preparation has already been made. It was submitted that since they have failed to upload the relevant data within the given time, they are not entitled to appear in the main examination. The senior counsel, accordingly, prayed that he may be given a chance to file a detailed counter affidavit.
After hearing of the rival submissions of the counsel for the parties, the HC considered that the Apex Court has categorically directed the MPSC to hold the main examination afresh and allow all the candidates (successful/ unsuccessful) who have appeared in the Main Examination that was conducted in September, 2016 as eligible to appear in the proposed examination.
Therefore, the HC considered that the MPSC cannot sit over the judgments and directed MPSC to allow the candidates to update their relevant data within a period of two days from the date of issuing the order. MPSC directed to allow 3 candidates to update data, appear in exam.
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