MP HC issues notice to MPPEB chairman, others

MP HC issues notice to MPPEB chairman, others

MP-HC-issues-no25462Jabalpur, MP, Jul 29 - The Madhya Pradesh High Court has issued notices to the state’s Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) Chairman and other senior government officials on a petition over the Transport Sub-Inspector Recruitment Test. While hearing a petition by Jabalpur-resident social activist Gyan Prakash challenging the examination yesterday, a division bench comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice SK Gupta has issued notices to the MPPEB Chairman, the Chief Secretary, the Transport Commissioner, the Director Public Prosecutor and the Director (Traffic Police). The petitioner had also made Public Prosecutor in the High Court, Ravish Chandra Agrawal, a non-applicant in the case, but the court had not issued notice to him. The court has fixed August 24 as the next date of hearing. The petitioner told the court that terms and conditions fixed for the examination -- scheduled to be conducted on August 23 -- are not as prescribed by law. The petition stated that the Motor Vehicle Act provides that a diploma is necessary for the post of the transport sub-inspector. A notification was issued in this regard in 1989. However, the MPPEB has fixed eligibility as graduation and five years’ experience at the Regional Transport Office. The petitioner pointed out that the examination for the post of transport sub-inspector was cancelled after the declaration of results as the candidates did not possess requisite technical eligibility. Besides, the MPPEB has kept a rule that allows change of photograph or signature even five days after the test. This keeps open the option of fraud. The petitioner urged the court to add technical diploma as a necessary qualification but the court rejected it. The court has issued notices to non-applicants and sought reply instead.

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