HIGH COURT OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR
Gh Mohd Dar
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(1.) CLAIMING to have sought candidature for selection as Rehbar -i -Taleem against a vacancy available in Boys Middle School, Waripora Tehsil
Handwara, the petitioner maintains that even though fully eligible he was
not considered for the job and instead respondent No. 5 who was lesser in
merit than him was empanelled. Aggrieved thereby he seeks a direction
against respondents to accept his candidature for the aforesaid post, and
also to prohibit them from preparing a final panel in the matter.
(2.) IN their reply the official respondents 1 to 4 have among other things pleaded that two posts of Rehbar -i -Taleem available in
aforementioned school were advertised for inviting applications but in
response only four applications were received within the cut off date
i.e. 31 -08 -2004 and the applicants accordingly empanelled, while
petitioner approached the concerned ZEO alongwith his application on
2.9.2004 when his application could not be entertained and accordingly he could not be considered for empanelment. In his separate memo of
objections private respondent No. 5 has pleaded that he, like others
empanelled, applied for the post well in time and being at S.No. 3 of the
panel had bright prospect of being appointed because the candidate at
S.No. 2 had not furnished requisite documents alongwith his application.
During course of submissions learned counsel appearing for parties have
reiterated the contents of their respective pleadings.
(3.) I have heard learned counsel and considered the matter. Perusal of the official file pertaining to selection as furnished by the
respondents counsel even though containing the advertisement notice in
original does not have anything to suggest that the posts were duly
advertised in the concerned area as they should have been for giving vast
publicity to attract all the eligible candidates. There is absolutely
nothing on record to show that any exercise whatsoever for publicizing
the availability of posts and inviting applications has been undertaken
by the concerned officials even though as per typed foot note no. 5 to
the officially prepared panel wide publicity has been given. The footnote
as a matter of fact appears to be a part of the printed format meant for
preparation of panels of selected candidates and appears to be there as a
matters of routine, but for want of any supporting material, devoid of
substance. In absence of anything reliable to suggest that the posts
available for being filled up were duly advertised, the selection appears
to have been faulty, right at the take off print due to which all the
subsequent developments lack in legitimacy.
In addition thereto a perusal of the original panel and carbon copy thereof as on the official file are both shown to bear the
signatures of the members of concerned Village Education Committee but
incidentally while signatures of members purporting to have signed at
S.No. 1 and 2 do tally on the two, those at S.No. 3 and 4 appear to be
substantially different both in appearance and flow, rendering either of
the two doubtful. That it is so reflects the casual attitude/approach
with which the selection process appears to have been conducted. This
aspect not only renders the selection doubtful but also the concerned
Headmaster and ZEO accountable for the discrepancy.;
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