ABDUL JALIL BARBHUIYA Vs. STATE OF ASSAM
HIGH COURT OF GAUHATI
Abdul Jalil Barbhuiya
STATE OF ASSAM
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L.S. Jamir, J. -
(1.) All these writ petitions, having similar cause of action and relief sought being similar in nature, are disposed of by this common order.
(2.) Heard Mr. J. Laskar, learned counsel for the petitioner in WP(C) 1215/2018 and WP(C) 1283/2018, Mr. B. Chetri, learned counsel for the petitioner in WP(C) 1100/2018 and WP (C) 2221/2018, Mr. N. H. Borbhuiya, learned counsel for the petitioner in WP(C) 1144/2018 and WP(C) 1313/2018, Mr. S. S. S. Rahman, learned counsel for the petitioner in WP(C) 1221/2018 and Mr. S. Zaman, learned counsel for the petitioner WP (C) 2358/2018. Also heard Mr. D. Nath, learned Addl. Senior Government Advocate, appearing for all the respondents.
(3.) The respondent No.2/Director, Animal HusbandryVeterinary Department, issued an advertisement dated 22.07.2017 for filling up 188 Nos. posts of Veterinary Field Assistant (VFA, in short) under the Directorate of Animal HusbandryVeterinary Department, Assam. In the said advertisement, the age limit prescribed was not less than 21 years and more than 43 years of age as on 01.01.2017. All the petitioners have completed the certificate course of Elementary Knowledge of Animal HusbandryVeterinary Science and, therefore, they were otherwise qualified to apply for the post of VFA. However, due to the age limit prescribed in the advertisement dated 22.07.2017, the petitioners could not apply inasmuch as they were all over aged. Therefore, the petitioners filed WP(C) 4736/2017 and WP(C) 4816/2017, which were disposed of by different orders dated
07.08.2017 and 09.08.2017 respectively by this Court by directing the Directorate of
Animal HusbandryVeterinary Department to consider the representations of the petitioners for relaxation of the upper age limit at par with other candidates so as to enable them to participate in the selection process pursuant to the advertisement dated
27.07.2017. Thereafter, different orders were passed by the respondent No. 2 in respect of different petitioners, allowing age relaxation and permitting to participate in the selection process pursuant to the advertisement dated 22.07.2017. The grievance of the petitioners in all the writ petitions is that despite relaxation given by the respondent No. 2, none of the petitioners has been called for the viva-voce test, which commenced on
26.02.2018 except 23 candidates, who were within the age limit in terms of the advertisement dated 22.07.2017. ;
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