Court suspends order to disclose UPSC scores
May 21, 2007 - 3:22:17 PM
New Delhi, May 21 - The Delhi High Court Monday suspended its order to the Union Public Service Commission - to disclose cut-off marks and individual scores of candidates for the 2006 Civil Service Preliminary Examination.
Responding to the UPSC's petition challenging the order, a division bench of Chief Justice M.K. Sharma and Justice Sanjeev Khanna suspended Justice B.D. Ahmed's April 17 ruling till July 30.
While staying the order, the chief justice's bench directed the UPSC to place all the original records in a sealed cover before it.
The bench also issued notices to all 25 candidates, who had earlier approached the Central Information Commission - seeking disclosure of the cut off marks in the examination.
Justice Ahmed had on April 17 upheld the CIC's order on need for transparency in UPSC examination pattern and the evaluation process of the answer-sheets saying: 'Disclosure of information as directed by CIC cannot harm the interest of UPSC or any third party. The approach of CIC in this matter has been in correct perspective.'
The CIC, headed by Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, had on Nov 13, 2006 passed the order on separate applications filed by over 100 unsuccessful candidates seeking disclosure of the marks obtained by them in the preliminary examination in 2006.
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