New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday
stayed an order of CAT quashing appointments of 25 anchors and
reporters in Doordarshan News channel and sought responses
from the Centre and public broadcaster Prasar Bharati on the
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice
Sanjiv Khanna issued notices to the Centre and Prasar Bharati
and sought their replies by May 10, the next date of hearing.
The court`s order came on a batch of petitions filed
by the anchors and the reporters whose appointments by the
Prasar Bharti were annulled by the Central Administrative
Tribunal (CAT) in September, last year.
The CAT, in its order, had quashed the appointments of
25 news anchors and the reporters posted with the Delhi
Doordarshan News, saying Prasar Bharati had committed
"irregularities" in favouring some candidates including a
daughter of a Union Minister.
Although the appeals were filed soon after the CAT`s
order was pronounced, but the High Court had deferred the
hearing after the scribes submitted that they had filed the
review petitions before the panel itself.
The High Court today commenced the hearing after it
was intimated that the panel had dismissed their (scribes`)
review petitions on February 11.
The tribunal, deciding the petition of journalist
Harikesh Bahadur Singh who was then working with the channel,
had found that rules for appointment were changed arbitrarily
at the last moment at the interview stage to favour some
candidates who did not perform well in the written test.
The CAT had noted that the number of journalists to be
called for interview had been increased from 30 to 35 to
accommodate Yashvi Tirath (daughter of Union Minister Krishna
Tirath) who ranked 33 in the written exam.
Singh had alleged that the recruitment process in
Prasar Bharati was not fair and candidates were selected on
the basis of political considerations.