Decided on February 15,2006

Dr. Bharti Koshal Bhat Appellant
STATE OF J AND K Respondents


Y.P.NARGOTRA, J. - (1.) THE Public Service Commission vide its order notification No. 12 P.S.C of 1999 dated 20.12.199 invited applications for the post of Medical Officer Ayurveda in Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Department. There were eighteen posts which were to be filled up and out of which three posts stood earmarked for R.B .A category. The petitioner was one of the candidates who applied in response to the said advertisement. The last date for receipt of the applications was 7th of February 2000. Admittedly along with the application -form petitioner did not attach the R.B.A category certificate issued by the competent authority appointed under SRO 126 of 1994 (Reservation Rules). The date fixed for interview of the eligible candidates was 10.1.2001. By that time the petitioner stood issued R.B.A category certificate by the competent authority. Despite being possessed of the reservation certificate dated 24.5.2000 issued in her favour she was interviewed and considered in the open category and not in RBA category under which she had applied.
(2.) THE Public Service Commission after completing the selection process issued the select list Vide its notification dated 1.2.2001. The name of the petitioner did not figure either in the open category or in the RBA category in the select list, therefore, being aggrieved of his non - selection she has filed the present writ petition for questioning her non - selection and selection of respondents No. 4 to 12. The challenge of the petitioner is two folds. Firstly, it is submitted that petitioner being more meritorious than the private respondents No. 4 to 12 deserved to be selected. Secondly, that respondents No. 10 and 11 who belonged to open category and had been selected under the R.B.A category, ought not to have been selected in that category and instead the petitioner being a RBA category candidate should have been considered and selected against the RBA category post.
(3.) THE stand of the respondent -Commission is that as the merit of the petitioner was lower than the selected candidates in the open category, therefore, she could not be selected in that category. As regards her selection in the RBA Category she could not be considered because she had not filed the requisite certificate i.e. RBA category certificate within the cut off date, which was the last date for receipt of the application - form. The RBA category certificate obtained by her after the expiry of the cut of date was of no consequence.;

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