MPSC directed to preserve answer scripts of 2010 written test by High Court
The Imphal bench of the Gauhati High Court has asked the Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC) to preserve the answer scripts of the written test of Manipur civil services combined competitive examination 2010.
Hearing a petition filed by Hanjabam Bobby Sharma, an unsuccessful candidate of the test conducted by MPSC, Justice S R Sen heard the argument of his lawyer who claimed that Bobby stood fourth in the overall written test, but was left out of the interview on the pretext that he failed in his qualifying paper, General English. Quoting the information received through RTI, it was informed that Bobby secured 135 out of 300 in general English and his total score in the written exam was 1,343, while the topper secured 1,351.
According to MPSC rules, if a candidate fails to pass the general English paper carrying 300 marks, he will be considered to have not qualified, and his seven other papers shall not be evaluated. It was questioned as to why the seven papers were evaluated if Bobby could not secure 50 per cent marks in General English.
After hearing both sides, the High Court has directed the MPSC Secretary and Joint Secretary not to destroy the answer scripts of the written test examination. The court has also directed to produce the answer scripts of the petitioner in a sealed cover in four weeks.