Chandigarh: A Division Bench of Punjab and
Haryana High Court on Wednesday stayed the process of nominations to
the Haryana Civil Services Executive Branch and issued notice
to the state government.
The order was passed by the Bench, comprising Chief
Justice Ranjan Gagoi and Justice A G Masih, on a PIL filed by
engineer Anand Parkash challenging the process initiated by
the Haryana government for filling 15 posts to HCS Executive
Branch from Register A-I, A-II and C under 2008 rules.
The state government, by taking the posts from the
regular roaster, had issued notification on January 28 for
making advance special recruitment to the service.
It was contended by G Singh, counsel for the petitioner,
that the recruitment was being carried out to accommodate
favourites of the government.
No criteria for determining the merit and suitability of
the candidate was framed, Singh claimed.
It was further alleged that the recommending authority
being Chief Secretary, Financial Commissioner (Revenue) and FC
(Development) were made past of the committee to scrutinise
the list and as such they became judges of their own cause.
The Bench has asked the Haryana government to file a
reply to the notice by April 26.