Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday sought a reply from the state government on a Public Interest Litigation alleging corruption and irregularities in competitive examinations held by the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission and demanding a CBI inquiry into the same.
The petitioners` plea for a CBI inquiry into "misconduct and misdeeds" of the UPPSC Chairman Anil Kumar Yadav was, however, rejected by the High Court which said that as per Article 317 of the Constitution only the Supreme Court had the power to initiate such a move against the member of any Public Service Commission.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Dilip Gupta asked the state government as well as the UPPSC to file their counter affidavits within four weeks and ordered that the matter be listed for further hearing thereafter.
The order was passed on a PIL filed by "Pratiyogi Chhatra Sangharsh Samiti", a grouping formed by students agitating against alleged irregularities in the functioning of UPPSC.
Besides demanding a CBI inquiry, the petitioners have sought a probe by a retired judge of the High Court into the results of various examinations that have been recently declared by the Commission.