The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today(Sept.13.2010) quashed
appointment of 25 newsanchors and reporters in public broadcaster Prasar
Bharati. The Tribunal headed by Chairman V K Bali cancelled the appointment
of the journalists who are posted at Doordarshan News, saying that
allocation of marks in the interview of the candidates was done in an
arbitrary and malafide manner.
The order of the Tribunal came on a petition filed by a journalist, working
with DD News channel, who had alleged that the recruitment process in Prasar
Bharati was not fair and candidates were selected on the basis of political
entire selection process is vitiated as the recommendation of candidates has
been made most arbitrarily on the basis of pick and choose policy and the
selection process smacks of favouritism and nepotism," advocate Sanjai
Pathak appearing for the petitioner had contended.
alleged that special tests were conducted for two selected candidates two
months after all the applicants appeared in the examination and some other
candidates were allowed to appear for interview without appearing in
mandatory written exam."At least two of the selected candidates are directly
connected to influential politicians. One of the successful candidates is
closely related to the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting
and another successful candidate is the daughter of a local MP," Harikesh
Bahadur Singh, the petitioner had alleged in his petition.
Tribunal rejected the contention of Prasar Bharati that the appointment
process was fair and transparent. Reacting to the order, Prasar Bharati
counsel Arun Bhardwaj said an appeal would soon be filed in the Delhi High