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    Service Commissions should have credibility: SC


    Service Commissions should have credibility: SC

    New Delhi, January 9

    The Supreme Court on Monday said service commissions should have credibility and its members should be outstanding and inspire confidence for the sake of good governance.

    A bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar made the remark while refusing to stay a Madras High Court order quashing the appointments of 11 members of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC).

    Hearing the appeal by one of the affected members, the bench recalled an instance involving the appointment of a Class-4 employee as chairman of the Public Service Commission.

    In a way, PSC was running the state's administration by appointing high-ranking officials and as such its members and chairman should have some standing and reputation for their integrity, honesty and competence, the bench remarked.

    “Members who select persons for all services, including Class-1 officers should have unimpeachable integrity and reasonably qualified,” it said.

    The bench questioned the state government for appointing a person found unfit to continue as a district judge as a PSC member. The HC had rightly pointed out that the 11 appointments had been made in haste by considering their cases just in one day.

    Appearing for the state government, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had made the recommendations in January 2016 and the Governor accepted these the same day.

    The bench said it was inconceivable that everything from searching, screening and police verification could be completed in one day for all the 11.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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