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"Irregularities in written exam for promotion"

Staff Reporter

Higher officials adopt "dubious" methods to favour a few candidates, says a Dindigul Head Constable in his petition "More than 448 candidates appeared for the written examinations held on January 18 in the Dindigul range as against 17 vacancies and only 18 candidates cleared the papers"

MADURAI : A writ petition has been moved before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court alleging several irregularities in the written examination for promoting the head constables to the post of sub-inspector in Dindigul Range.

Justice P. Jyothimani directed the Special Government Pleader to get instructions from the concerned officials and posted the matter after a week.

According to the petitioner, A. Renganathan (42), a head constable attached to the prohibition and excise wing in Dindigul, the department had recently decided to promote the head constables in the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services and individual range promotions boards were set up all over the State.

The selection procedure included a written test followed by parade and viva voce.

More than 448 candidates appeared for the written examinations held on January 18 in the Dindigul range as against 17 vacancies and only 18 candidates cleared the papers.

The authorities in the examination hall insisted on the candidates to write their names, cadre and district on the answer sheets, though the latter were not supposed to do so as per the guidelines, the petitioner said and added: "Hence, there is a strong suspicion in the correction and evaluation of marks by the 2nd Respondent (Chairman of Dindigul Range promotion board-cum-Superintendent of Police, Theni)"

Claiming several other irregularities, the petitioner alleged that the higher officials had adopted "dubious" methods to favour a few candidates.

Further, it would not have been possible for six Deputy Superintendents of Police to effectively evaluate the answer sheets of 448 candidates and to announce the results within two hours, the petitioner said and sought for a direction to quash the selection list released pursuant to the examinations.

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