Allahabad HC stays interview after quota row

In a major relief to the agitating students, Allahabad high court on Monday stayed the interview process of the  Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) and reserved the judgement on the new reservation policy introduced by UPPSC.

A division bench of the court comprising Justice N K Mahapatra and Rakesh Srivastava gave the judgement of staying the interview process for the next 10 days. The interview process of the UPPSC was slated to start from 26 July next.

The writ petition, of Sudhir Kumar, one of the candidates and others,were admitted by the court on 15 July when the irate aspirants indulged in violence in the city. In the petition it has been alleged that the UPPSC had introduced reservation in three stages-- at preliminary exams, main exams and during interview which is against the ethics of the reservation policy.

The petitioner quoting Supreme Court ruling also said that reservation could be only enforced during the announcement of the final results. Earlier the entire city was turned into a fortress and undeclared curfew like situation prevailed following heavy deployment of security forces. All the schools and colleges were closed for 2 days and section 144 was clamped in the city to prevent the students from holding agitation.
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