Courts can’t examine answersheets: Punjab and Haryana High Court

Courts can’t examine answersheets: Punjab and Haryana High Court

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that it was not open for the courts to interfere in the mode and manner of evaluating answersheets of candidates taking examinations and said such an exercise was best left to experts.

Justice Arun Monga was hearing a petition filed by Mohit Rathi against the Haryana Public Service Commission, Panchkula, through its chairman. He was seeking directions to the respondent either to rectify alleged mistake in the evaluation of his answer sheets of his papers in the examination conducted for the Haryana Civil Services (Executive) and other allied services – 2017. The rectification, he contended, could be carried out by rechecking, re-evaluation or correction in the result after re-examination of answer sheets, including totalling and awarding marks for the un-checked answers. In the alternative, directions were sought to send the answer sheets to a panel of experts from the Panjab University.

The Bench was also told that the Secretary, Haryana Public Service Commission, gave a detailed response to the petitioner’s legal notice stating that rechecking of his answer sheets was carried out in the subjects of English and general studies. No mistake was found in the totalling of marks. Besides, no question was left un-checked as apprehended by the petitioner.

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