The Allahabad High Court Monday reserved its judgment on the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission’s reservation policy, which is allegedly discriminatory to the general category candidates.
A Division Bench of Justices Laxmi Kanta Mohapatra and Rakesh Srivastava also stayed the interview for the UPPCS (combined state/upper subordinate services) examinations-2011, which were to start from July 26, till the date of delivery of the judgment.
The petition, filed by one Sudhir Kumar Singh and six other job aspirants, have challenged the UPPSC decision to change the reservation policy under which candidates from OBC category can be called for interview as general category candidates if they had scored marks equal to or higher than the cut-off marks for the general category candidates.
The petitioners have demanded quashing of the said May 27 decision.
Meanwhile, amid heavy deployment of police force across the city, anti-reservation and pro-reservation groups almost came to blows at Chandpur Salori under Colonelganj area. The protesters damaged two vehicles, including a motorcycle, a few hoardings besides targeting some roadside vendors.
Both pro- and anti-reservation groups were present in good numbers at Salori locality, where they had held a meeting Sunday. The meeting was marked with arguments between both sides.
On Monday, when the court order came, a group of around 400-500 anti-reservation aspirants approached Salori in a show of strength.
The pro-reservation group asked them to away. A few, however, managed to move forward and damage a vehicle and also resort to stone pelting.
Police force deployed in the area resorted to lathicharge and brought the situation under control. Several protesters have also been arrested.
Allahabad District Magistrate Raj Shekhar said instructions have been sent out that anybody disrupting normal life will be dealt with strongly.
Welcoming Monday’s stay order, the anti-reservation aspirants said they will wait for the court’s decision before charting out their further strategy.
“The UPPSC’s track record had begun improving in the last couple of years. But such decisions impact its credibility,” said Abhishek Singh Chauhan, one of the members of the group, which is on the forefront of the agitation.
Chauhan said that the violence in Salori was caused by some anti-social elements claiming to be student leaders. “Last evening we had taken out a candle-light march, which was peaceful,” he added.
The police and the administration had left nothing to chance. Around 3,000 police personnel were deployed and the entire district