Odisha HC concludes hearing on OAS-2011 exam merit list row

Odisha Sun Times Bureau:
Cuttack, Dec 25:

The Odisha High Court on Wednesday concluded the hearing in the case involving discrepancies in the OAS-2011 preliminary examination merit list.


A division bench comprising Justice Pradeep Mohanty and Justice Biswajit Mohanty heard the arguments on the petition filed by Orissa Public Service Commission (OPSC) challenging the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT)’s order on the merit list of OAS-2011 preliminary examinations. The court heard the arguments of candidates made a party to the cases, the principal petitioner who had approached SAT and others.

According to sources, Priyambada Das had filed a case in the SAT challenging the OPSC decision to award grace marks for the flawed questions to the candidates who appeared in the OAS-2011 preliminary examination.

Rejecting the preliminary merit list on August 26, the SAT directed OPSC to publish a revised list. OPSC challenged the SAT order in the High Court terming it unconstitutional and urging the court to quash the order. The OPSC had stated that such a hearing by the SAT should have been done by a division bench. But it was conducted by a single member bench, with the acting chairman of SAT in it.

Hearing the plea, the High Court had put an interim stay on SAT order. In the meantime, the OAS-2011 main examination was also conducted. However, the results could not be published till a verdict on the preliminary examination merit list case was out, the court had said in its interim stay order.

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