Terming the Haryana Staff Selection Commission’s (HSSC) plea for an adjournment in a selection matter “unacceptable”, the Punjab and Haryana High Court – while fixing the next hearing of the case for March 1 – on Thursday imposed a cost from R2 000. HSSC.
A bench of Justice Jaishree Thakur made it clear that the presence of the HSSC chairman was exempted for today (Thursday) but he was directed to be present in the court on the next date of hearing at 10 am.
The High Court is hearing a petition challenging the appointment of constables in the Haryana Police. The petition was filed by Sombir and other petitioners against the State of Haryana and HSSC.
The High Court, while hearing the case, considered that the request for adjournment was unacceptable in view of the fact that these written petitions were submitted back in 2019 – the respondent (HSSC) awarded marks to certain persons while denying the same to the petitioners, as in 2023 they would like to examine the record and that too, when this court takes the case for final disposition. However, in the interest of justice, the matter has been adjourned to March 1, 2023, subject to payment of the costs of Rs 2 lakh to be paid by the respondent to the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh, the HC said.
“Until the next date of hearing, no coercive steps shall be taken against the persons who have been appointed and joined the post of male constable pursuant to the said advertisement,” the high court ordered.