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Group-I Mains as per schedule

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission has decided to go ahead with the conduct of the Group-I Mains examinations, slated to begin from August 7, as per schedule.

An emergency meeting was convened to discuss the implication of the AP High Court’s latest judgment asking the commission to follow the 1:50 ratio in all categories for selecting candidates for the Mains.

It was opined at the meeting that the judgment could not be implemented and it was, therefore, decided to approach the standing council of the Supreme Court seeking a solution to the issue.

Appeal to apex court

APPSC Chairman Y. Venkatarami Reddy told reporters who met him that the Commission held deliberations with legal experts before deciding to appeal in the Supreme Court and expressed hope that the apex court would expeditiously resolve the issue.

Legal Correspondent adds: A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Justice Ghulam Mohammad and Justice C.V. Ramulu directed the Commission and the Government to follow 1:50 ratio in all categories for selecting candidates for the Mains examination.

One Bhadavat and 30 others filed the case seeking a direction to the A.P. Public Service Commission (APPSC) to follow the rule of reservation at every stage.

The petitioners contended that while selecting candidates for the Mains examination care must be taken to see that candidates from each category were called adequately to realize the fruits of reservation.

Court’s ruling

The Government and the Commission argued that the rule of reservation was meant to fill the posts but could not be followed at every stage. The Bench had called for records last week and perused the cut-off marks.

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