Itanagar: In a landmark judgment, the Itanagar Permanent Bench of Gauhati High Court has invalidated the results of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination, (APPSCCE) 2017 conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC).
The APPSC conducted the preliminary examinations of the APPSCCE on July 29, last year.
Disposing of a series of writ petitions filed by aggrieved candidates, the Court on September 16, directed the APPSC to conduct a fresh preliminary examination within a period of two months by strictly following the rules and guidelines.
“The Prelims conducted on July 29, 2018, the results of which were declared on August 02 and August 16, 2018 are hereby set aside. In view thereof, the Mains conducted on November 10, 2018 also do not survive and stands set aside,” reads the judgment given by HC judge, Justice Nelson Sailo.
Further, the Court in its ruling directed that “the Commission shall now conduct fresh preliminary examination by strictly following the rules, guidelines, syllabus within a period of eight weeks”.
“The Commission shall allow all the candidates who were earlier given admit cards to appear for the Prelims to be conducted. Admit card already issued may be used by the candidates for participating in the Prelims and if the same is no longer retained by the candidate, the Commission shall issue a fresh one on request,” the Court order said.
“In view of the above conclusion and direction, WP(C) Nos 636(AP)/2018 and 604(AP)/2018 are rendered infructuous and are disposed of accordingly,” the court added.
It requires a mention here that WP(C) Nos 475 and 486 of 2018 were filed by the petitioners alleging various anomalies and irregularities committed in the APPSCCE (Prelims) 2017 with the first one covering alleged anomalies in various subjects and the second one being in respect of Commerce subject only.
On the other hand, WP(C) Nos 636 and 604 of 2018 were filed by the candidates, who were successful in the Prelims but were prevented from appearing the Mains due to the prevailing situation at the relevant time.