Orissa High Court main building (Photo: Wikipedia)
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Cuttack: In a major decision the Orissa High Court on Friday dismissed a PIL filed challenging the appointment of 378 OAS officers in 2010.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice B N Mohapatra said that the PIL writ petition in service matter was not maintainable and since the questions raised by the petitioner are pertaining to service matter, it cannot be entertained by High Court.

The High Court observed that there are specific forums to deal with such matters. It may be recalled here that applications pertaining to the same issue are now pending disposal in the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).

It is noteworthy to mention that in a PIL filed in the HC, the petitioner Sharada Prasad Mohanty had stated that the OPSC in an advertisement made in 2006 had invited applications from eligible candidates to fill up a total of 378 Class-II posts in several cadres, including Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) and Odisha Finance Service (OFS).

However, when the recruitment process was completed in 2010, the state government gave appointment to 73 successful candidates as OAS (Class-I) and 207 candidates as OFS (Class-I) officers while another 98 candidates in other allied cadres as Class-II officers.

Mohanty had chalenged the appointment of OAS officers in Class I post stating that when all of them were selected on the basis of a common advertisement and a series of common tests, the government has violated the service rules by appointing the selected candidates in two separate grades.

Source: 360 NS