Imphal: Reacting on the recent report by newspapers on Manipur Civil Services examination 2016 irregularities case, the Group of Aspirants (GoA) on Wednesday alleged that such reports not only aims to mislead the people of Manipur but it also gave the wrong message to the High Court of Manipur and the Supreme Court.
Speaking to media persons at the Manipur Press Club, GoA spokesman Keisham Kishan said the aspirants of the Manipur civil services have been fighting for the case for over four years but without considering or asking the group, the report seems to be a one-sided story.
“We are trying very hard to make the MPSC clean and its recruitment process and such report which seems to be an attempt to influence the public and also that appear to challenge the wisdom of HC and SC with their half baked knowledge which is very unfortunate for the people of Manipur and for us,” said Kishan, who is one of the petitioners.
Mentioned may be made that GoA represented by 42 petitioners had filed petitions to the HC requesting to quash and set aside the Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC) 2016 examinations and also the appointment of the candidates selected from the examination.
On 18 October 2019, the High Court of Manipur passed an order directing to quash the examination and eventually led to the cancellation of appointment letters of the 82 officers after their two and a half years of service.
The case has been investigating by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and so far, no arrest in the case has been made.
The aspirants also denied that there is a bifurcation in the group into two groups and firmly stated that “GoA has been never bifurcated and still remains as one group.”
“If some candidates would like to re-conduct the exam from the prelims stage, why should they not complain to the HC before conducting the mains exam and why didn’t they enter in discussing the matter in the HC even after repeated notice given to them,” said GoA convener Arbind Salam.
The group further highlighted that some of the selected candidates and the MPSC had filed a ‘special leave petition’ to the Supreme Court challenging the judgment and order of the HC. However, after hearing the petitions the SC upheld the order of HC and directed MPSC to conduct the MSCCC mains 2016 as soon as possible, it added.
According to the aspirants, after a year of issuing the order, some of the candidates recently filed a writ petition to the HC praying that exam shall be conducted from the prelims stage which termed as ‘surprising’.
The aspirants further claimed that the sufferings and hardships faced by them are no lesser than those of the selected candidates.
Taking on to the MPSC official, the group also said that instead of feeling sympathetic to the grievances of the terminated candidates, he should also think of the grievances of the victims of the 2016 MCSCC examinations.
For the well-being of the state, MPSC should conduct the MCSCC mains 2016 after framing proper rules and regulations as early as possible, he added.