Were the norms flouted in the appointment of GPSC Chairman?
A petition was filed in the Bombay High Court challenging the appointment of Kurupati Row as chairman of Goa public service commission (GPSC).
The petition alleges that the appointed chairman doesn’t possess the minimum qualification required for appointment as the chief of state public service commission. The petitioner held that as per Article 316 (1) of the Constitution of India, a candidate for the post must have ten years’ experience under the government of India or the state government.
The petitioner contended that the bio-data submitted by Mr. Row mentions that he has experience in the management of a government company i.e. Air India but doesn’t mention any experience in either the central government or state government. The petitioner also referred to file notings acquired through the Right to Information (RTI) Act which shows that the appointment was made arbitrarily without any following any formal procedure like search committee, setting up criterion, calling for applications, etc.
The Goa bench of Bombay High Court has now issued a notice to the state government asking for its response to the petition.