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Paper re-check relief for JPSC

Ranchi, March 7: Jharkhand High Court today set aside a special CBI court order that had asked the Jharkhand State Public Services Commission (JPSC) to re-evaluate answer sheets of two civil service recruitment exams conducted by it.

The order comes as a huge relief for the commission, which has come under legal scanner for allegedly favouring candidates not suited for coveted government posts.

The CBI, which is investigating the role of the JPSC and its office-bearers in favouring candidates related to VVIPs, had moved the petition before the lower court in Ranchi. The special court issued an order on April 23 last year, asking JPSC to re-check the answer papers of the first and second state civil service exams conducted in 2003 and 2007.

But the JPSC moved the high court, stating that re-evaluation of answer sheets is not possible and not permissible under the commissionís rules.

Arguing on behalf of the commission, advocate Sanjay Piparwar said to correct the papers again would mean checking more than two lakh answer sheets, which was impossible. He further argued that none of the state public service commissions in the country has the provision of re-evaluating answer papers.

Countering the arguments, CBIís counsel Mokhtar Khan said the involvement of JPSC officials in the scam has been established.

The high court, however, ruled that the special CBI court overstepped its authority and wrongly ordered for re-evaluation. But while setting aside the order, it ordered the commission to co-operate with the ongoing probe.