Recruitment of Civil judges in Punjab challenged before Punjab & Haryana High Court

The Punjab & Haryana High Court is seized of yet another case relating to appointments to lower judiciary.

The petition filed by one Gurkirat Singh Dhillon challenges the appointments to the post of Civil Judge (Junior Division)-cum-Judicial Magistrate for Punjab Civil Services (Judicial Branch) for 2013-14. The case was heard by a Bench of Justice Mahesh Grover and Shekher Dhawan, which issued notice in the matter. Advocate Animesh Sharma appeared for the petitioner.

The petitioner’s challenge in the case is two-fold. His first contention is based on the reservation provided for Ex-Servicemen/Lineal Descendants of Ex-Servicemen.

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Applications were invited for 71 posts of Civil Judge (Junior Division)-cum-Judicial Magistrate in State of Punjab. 10 out of 71 posts were reserved for Ex-Servicemen/Lineal Descendants of Ex-Servicemen General, Punjab. The petitioner applied in the said category of Lineal Descendent of Ex-Servicemen General (Punjab).

The petitioner, along with other candidates, who qualified the written examination by obtaining more than 50% marks, were invited for viva voce. However, the petitioner was awarded low marks in his viva voce and got a combined total of 49.65%. Therefore, he could not obtain 50% marks in aggregate, in written examination and viva voce taken together, and was thus, not included in the Select List of category of Lineal Descendants of Ex-Servicemen.

It is the petitioner’s case that as per the Punjab Recruitment of Ex-Servicemen Rules of 1982, which are the parent Rules governing the recruitment of Ex-Servicemen and Lineal Descendants of Ex-Servicemen in the State of Punjab, the descendant child of the Ex-Serviceman to whom the vacancy could be given had to be dependent on the Ex-Serviceman.

“That Rule 4 (1) of the 1982 Rules envisages that reservation as above is meant for one ‘dependent child” of ex-servicemen.

Rule 4 of the 1982 Rules makes it clear that in the absence of an Ex-Serviceman, the descendant child of the Ex-Serviceman to whom the vacancy can be given must also be dependent on the Ex-Serviceman.”

Dhillon’s case is that the nine candidates who were eventually selected in the aforesaid reserved category were not eligible for the same since they were not dependent on the Ex-servicemen.

“…the selected candidates respondent Nos. 6 to 13, were at the time of their selection practicing in the different Courts as Advocates, or otherwise employed. The candidate at Serial No 6 in the merit list, Jashanpreet Kaur Gill was working as a serving PCS (EB) Officer, and the candidate at serial No 11 in the merit list, Amandeep Kaur, was working as Junior Assistant with the Chandigarh Administration.  Further still, the father of Respondent No 6 was also appointed in the PCS Judicial services under the Ex-serviceman reserved category. Such Advocates can not be treated as dependents of ex-servicemen father for earning livelihood. They must be treated as gainfully employed. Thus, the very consideration of their candidature  for recruitment to PCS (Judicial Branch) in the State of Punjab was erroneous and their selection and appointment as PCS (Judicial) in  Punjab is liable to be set aside for this reason alone.”

Besides, Dhillon has also relied on another omission in the selection process. He has contended that as per the agenda approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, the procedure for selection required that the interview committee should have the Chairperson of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PSC).

Dhillon has contended that in the instant case, the interview was conducted by the Committee which did not have the PSC Chairman.

Dhillon has prayed for setting aside the selection of the nine candidates in the category reserved for descendants of ex-servicemen. He has also sought for re-conducting his interview by including the PSC Chairman in the interview committee.

The Court issued notice to the State of Punjab, Punjab & Haryana High Court and 63 judicial officers who were selected for the posts. The case is now likely to be heard on August 9, 2017.

There has been much debate surrounding appointments to lower judiciary in the recent times. The Supreme Court has even initiated a suo-moto PIL in this regard and has sought the response of all the States for evolving a common agency to hold selections to the subordinate judiciary across the country.


Vodafone pronounces unique packs for Haryana

Vodafone these days announced new plans in Haryana referred to as Vodafone ‘U’, which has been designed preserving the desires of younger customers.

below Vodafone U packs, users get a separate night allowance other than free limitless song downloads for 2 months, spare loan 60 MB of 3G statistics for which Rs 20 can be deducted from next recharge. A patron can call 3 of their closet pals at a special fee of 20p/min with 3 pal lifelines.

Speakme on this initiative, Mohit Narru, enterprise head – Haryana, Vodafone India, stated, “we have blended the fine of Vodafone’s worldwide experience with deep understanding of India to resonate FunwithU. Our offer is a package of benefits and a laugh through the sector of net, voice, song plus exciting digital offers and studies. a laugh is always on for the young as their global of hobby, living in their pocket, could be active, 24X7. Vodafone ‘U’, is for that reason designed to facilitate higher, this particular relationship between the teenagers and their cellular in a unbroken and enriching manner. We welcome all clients to be part of a brand new revel in”.

Under Vodafone ‘U’ pay as you go plans provide net, call, and track benefits. For the brand new Vodafone customers, Vodafone U has plans – a Rs 288 plan offers 800 MB of 3G records, two hundred MB of 3G night data, Rs 15 talktime and has validity of 28 days. A Rs ninety two plan gives a hundred MB of 3G facts, 75 MB of 3G night time records, Rs 10 talktime and it has 14 days of validity. each those packs provide 3 pal lifelines at 20 paisa in step with minute, 60 MB of mortgage records, and months of loose Vodafone track subscription.

Current Vodafone customers can select from packs priced at Rs 289 and Rs 177 respectively. The Rs 289 plan offers 800 MB of 3G statistics, 200 MB of 3G night statistics, Rs 15 talktime and has validity of 28 days. The Rs 177 plan offers three hundred MB of statistics, 150 MB of 3G night time statistics, Rs 15 talktime, and has 14 days of validity. It has the identical benefits as what new customers get.