The Gujarat high court has issued notice to the state government in connection with a petition moved by male candidates who applied for the post of Lokrakshak in the state police.
The petition seeks to quash and set aside the entire recruitment process together with the appointments given to the candidates. The petition has also sought that the recruitment process is undertaken afresh.
The court has kept further hearing on October 6. Gujarat high court latest news
The candidates had applied for several posts in the Class-III Lokrakshak unarmed police constable, Lokrakshak Armed Police Constable and Jail Sepai. An advertisement inviting candidates for the posts was issued by the Lokrakshak Bharti Board on August 15, 2018.
Anand Yagnik, who appeared for the candidates, submitted that his clients are meritorious and yet were not appointed for the respective posts.
He argued that the recruitment of more than 12,000 Lokrakshak violated a judgment and order passed by the Division Bench of the high court on August 5, 2020.
What are the objections to lokrakshak current recruitment?
He said more than 5,000 women candidates were appointed to the posts after lowering the cut off marks at the fag end of the recruitment process.
He said the lowering of marks happened after the final selection list/merit list was published and the candidates were waiting for the appointment letters to be issued.
“A communal reservation was adopted and subsequently in the name of undoing what was done, marks were lowered which was both illegal and unconstitutional,” Yagnik argued.
He said 2,485 supernumerary posts were created only for women candidates and were filled up with such candidates which amount to reverse discrimination.
He termed this appointment as illegal and unconstitutional because all the supernumerary posts were allocated to women candidates.
Why it was done?
This he said was done in the backdrop of the fact that earlier recruitment violated the 33% reservation for women.
He said the 33% reservation for women was violated in the earlier recruitment as it was used as a communal reservation to accommodate in general category seats as many upper castes as possible and as few women as possible.
He further argued that supernumerary posts are created by way of an exception to meet exigencies and not otherwise and that they cannot be created on such a large scale.
He said rules of the recruitment were changed after it began and in fact was about to end. He said merit was sacrificed to ensure political and social compulsions were taken care of.
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