Srinagar, Dec 02: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Saturday issued a notice to chairman SSRB and Director Information among others on a contempt petition regarding “inordinate” delay in compliance of its directions regarding selection of 29 Information Officers.
A division bench of the court comprising justices Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Ali Mohammad Magrey according to news agency GNS sought the response from SSRB Chairman Simran Deep Singh, Director Information Department and other respondents within two weeks.
The contempt petition has been filed by the aggrieved candidates through their lawyer advocate Mohammad Ashraf Wani.
On 20 February this year, the Supreme Court had upheld J&K High Court ruling. “We do not see any ground to interfere with the impugned order(s). The special leave petitions are accordingly dismissed,” a division bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Uday Umesh Lalit had said while dismissing appeals filed by J&K Government and some candidates against high court’s verdict.
The High Court’s division bench in May 2013 had upheld its single bench verdict about the invalidity of provisional selection of 29 AIOs and had directed the recruiting agency to proceed with the selection process afresh in conformity with the rules.
“When the provisional selection list offends the rules, then to continue with the process shall not be permissible because process initiated is a base for follow up, when base is shaken, follow up shall be in-consequential,” the division bench of the court had ruled while disposing of appeals against the single bench order quashing the selection list issued by the SSRB year.
The court had directed the SSRB to finalise the process of selection with promptitude of the eligible candidates who have applied in response to three the advertisement notices.
The high court had asked the board to first to constitute the committees as required in terms of law (Rule 6(4) of the Rules of 2010) and fix the criteria in tune with Rule 14 of the Rules of 2010.
The SSRB had issued three different notifications in 2006, 2008 and 2010, inviting application for the posts of Assistant Information Officer Grade-II. Subsequently, the SSRB issued a provisional selection list on 21 January 2012. (GNS)