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Selection Process of public posts must be videographed

In the Supreme Court of India

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
(Before Adarsh Kumar Goel and Rohinton Fali Nariman, JJ.)
Petition(s) for Special Leave to Appeal (C) No(s). 33995-34027/2017

The State of Meghalaya & Anr. etc.
v.
Phikirbha Khariah & Ors. etc.

Decided on April 6, 2018

Citation:2018 SCC OnLine SC 336

ORDER
1. We have heard learned counsel for the parties.

SLP(C)No(s). 33995-24057 of 2017:

2. We do not find any ground to interfere with the directions in the impugned order.

3. It has been found that there are serious irregularities in the selection process of appointment of assistant teachers in government lower primary schools in the State of Meghalalya. Such incidents are being reported in several cases. We have recently dealt with such a matter in Avinash C. v. The State of Karnataka, C.A. NO. 3543-3555 of 2018, decided on 4.4.2018.

4. We are of the view that for the purity of selection to the public posts, it is desirable that as far as possible the selection process conducted by the selection bodies, especially the State Public Service Commissions and the State Selection Boards, is videographed. It is desirable that at examination centres as well as interview centres CCTV cameras are installed to the extent viable. Footage thereof may be seen by an independent committee of three members and report of such committee may be placed on the website concerned.

5. The Registry is directed to send a copy of this order to Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, for being forwarded to the concerned authorities for compliance.

6. The Special leave petitions are accordingly disposed of.

7. Pending applications, if any, shall also stand disposed of.

SLP(C) NO………Diary NO. 40348 of 2017

8. Permission to file the special leave petition is granted.

9. Grievance of the petitioners is that they were not heard by the High Court. If it is so, they are at liberty to move the High Court within two weeks from today so that the High Court may hear their grievance, if they were not heard earlier. After hearing the parties, it will be open to the High Court to pass any further order in accordance with law.

10. The special leave petition(s) is accordingly disposed of.

11. Pending applications, if any, shall also stand disposed of.

SLP(C)No(s)……..Diary NO. 42552 of 2017:

12. Permission to file the special leave petition is granted.

13. We do not find any ground to interfere with the impugned order.

14. The special leave petition(s) is accordingly dismissed.

15. Pending applications, if any, shall also stand disposed of.

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