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Imphal: Manipur government has filed Special Leave Petition in Supreme court of India to restore all the 81 terminated candidates to their respective terminated posts and also not to conduct the exam afresh.

In a press note issued by convenor, Group of Aspirants, Arbind Salam mentioned that the infamous Manipur Civil Service Combined Competitive (Main) 2016 examination scam which was quashed by the High Court of Manipur, the decision further upheld by the Supreme Court of India leading to termination of 81 candidates from their posts( MCS, MPS, SDC, EO) for the first time in history of Manipur, after 3 years of legal and hard work by the people of Manipur (especially candidates) may end up in nothing due to the arrogant and brazen act of State government, shocking everyone especially to many candidates.

It states that the state believed that the exam was conducted with utmost care, and no illegalities/irregularities as such to warrant cancellation of the exam resulting into subsequent termination of the candidates.

If the very fact that in all the 6000 plus answer scripts there was one or more than one irregularities/illegalities in addition to the various procedural lapses by the MPSC, were unable to convince the state that there was indeed some kind of corruption or other malafide intention damaging the careers of the candidates, one can only worry for the Sorry State of affair of in the state, it added.

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The state government and some of the terminated candidates filed review petition to the High Court of Manipur challenging its order issued on October 19, 2019 which quashed Manipur Civil Service Combined Competitive Examination (main) examination 2016 inter alia on the ground that second enquiry committee violated the principles of natural justice, it said.

The said judgement was rendered solely on the findings of the second report. The review petition was subsequently dismissed by the High court of Manipur by its order issued on December 17 last year having devoid of any merit, it added.

The High Court of Manipur while dismissing the review petition castigated particularly the Government of Manipur for filing the review petition stating that the State should be a neutral party and not take sides, rather strive to select efficient and meritorious candidates on the basis of an exam without any controversies as such. However, the directions of the High court seem to have fallen on deaf ears or that the state seems to have a hidden agenda, said the press note.

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The state in collusion with some of the terminated candidates have now filed special leave petition to the Supreme Court of India now challenging the order of the High Court dismissing the review petition. It is pertinent to mention that the state hired none other than the Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta to argue on its behalf, it added.

“One can only imagine as to why the state is pursuing to restore the exam which was full of illegalities and irregularities that shock the collective conscience of the general public of Manipur. It is sad and shocking that the State instead of trying to conduct the exam afresh without any controversies have now pursued to save the tainted exam. Whether any bribe, corruption or quid pro involving high ranking officials of the government of Manipur is the reason behind such an arrogant stand of the state is anybody’s guess. The state should be well advised that it is the Taxpayers money (People of Manipur) which is being wasted by filing innumerable such petitions,” it said.

The Supreme Court of India have now issued notice to all related respondents which is returnable on or before August 18 this year by its order issued on July 19 of the same year, it said.

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“The Group of Aspirants strongly believes that nothing goods will come out if the pending matter is not resolved at the earliest. The only loss will be for the people of Manipur especially the candidates (both selected and non-selected),” it added.

“It is quite unfortunate on the part of the MPSC that the MPSC failed to send its advocate on the July 19 this year despite being informed from our sides on two different occasion to the Secretary, MPSC himself and this has caused another delay we believe,” it said.

It appealed to all the parties not to play delay tactics in future as it will only ruin time, energy, money as well as career of the many aspirants. The group also appealed to the general public of Manipur to continue giving moral and financial support further as before so that the utmost deserving candidates could be selected to serve people of the Manipur and to run the administration of the state in an effective and efficient manner, it added.

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