The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has stayed the provisional selection list of Assistant Information Officers, released by the Services Selection Board (SSB) on January 31. The Court also issued notices to the official respondents and private respondents. Responding to a petition filed by Ashfaq Ahmad Tantray and Ashiq Hussain, Justice Hasnain Masoodi directed that the selection list shall not be acted upon. He issued notices to respondents including Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Department of Information, Secretary Services Selection Board and order private respondents.
The petitioners had prayed that the SSB authorities adopting a 'faulty' criteria and meritorious and deserving candidates have been left out in the selection list. They said candidates were selected by giving preference and consideration to the points scored in the interview and the aptitude test rather than considering the academic merit, which has been rendered meaningless by giving weight-age across the board.
"The settled proposition and norm adopted by the SSB with respect to the criteria is that the points are allotted on pro-rata basis, by which due credence and reward is given to the merit obtained by the candidates in the academic qualifications", the petitioners submitted.
Seeking quashing of the provisional selection list and the reframing of the list on pro-rata basis on the marks obtained in the post graduate degree/diploma examination in Mass Communication and Journalism, the petitioners prayed that the court should come to their rescue so that deserving candidates are selected.