SC CLEARS WAY FOR UPPSC MAINS ON JUNE 18

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NEW DELHI: The SC on Thursday re­fused to stay the UPPSC mains ex­am­i­na­tion on June 18 and set aside the Al­la­habad high court or­der for a re-eval­u­a­tion of an­swer sheets of the pre­lim­i­nary test. A va­ca­tion bench of jus­tices U U Lalit and Deepak Gupta al­lowed the ap­peal of UPPSC against the high court or­der. The bench dis­missed pe­ti­tions by stu­dents, who had de­manded a stay on the mains ex­am­i­na­tion say­ing UPPSC has not com­plied with the HC or­der.

We al­low the ap­peal of the Ut­tar Pradesh Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion and set aside the HC or­der. The pe­ti­tions seek­ing stay of the mains ex­am­i­na­tion are dis­missed

THE COURT

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court set aside the Al­la­habad high court or­der for re-eval­u­a­tion of an­swer sheets of the Ut­tar Pradesh Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion’s (UPPSC) pre­lim­i­nary test. The apex court also re­fused to put on hold the main ex­ams.

A bench of jus­tice UU Lalit and jus­tice Deepak Gupta al­lowed the UPPSC’s ap­peal against the high court or­der and dis­missed pe­ti­tions by the stu­dents, who had de­manded a stay on the mains ex­am­i­na­tion, say­ing the UPPSC had not com­plied with the HC di­rec­tive.

“We al­low the ap­peal of the UPPSC and set aside the HC or­der. The pe­ti­tions seek­ing stay of the mains ex­am­i­na­tion are dis­missed,” the court said.

The SC had on Tuesday said the sanc­tity of an ex­am­i­na­tion would be lost if courts through their power of ju­di­cial re­view in­ter­fere with the de­ci­sions taken by au­thor­i­ties con­duct­ing com­pet­i­tive tests. It said a line needs to be drawn to de­ter­mine to what ex­tent a ju­di­cial re­view of the de­ci­sions taken by the au­thor­i­ties can be al­lowed.

The stu­dents al­leged that an­swers to sev­eral ques­tions asked in the UPPSC pre­lim­i­nary ex­am­i­na­tion last year were “in­cor­rect.”

They also said the UPPSC had not fol­lowed the Al­la­habad high court’s March 30 or­der for re-eval­u­a­tion of an­swer sheets of the pre­lim­i­nary test.

The mains ex­am­i­na­tion, which was post­poned ear­lier, is now sched­uled to be held on June 18.

The HC had on March 30 said the can­di­dates found to have qual­i­fied the pre­lim­i­nary ex­am­i­na­tion as a re­sult of re-eval­u­a­tion would be en­ti­tled to ap­pear in the main writ­ten exam.

The UPPSC had chal­lenged the HC or­der in the top court, which had on May 18 stayed the high court’s di­rec­tive.

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