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 Up loaded on Thursday October 07, 2010

HC to hear Prasar Bharati''s plea on appointment of journalists

             The Delhi High Court today(07-10-10) agreed to hear the plea of Prasar Bharati challenging an order of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) which had quashed the appointment of 25 news anchors and reporters in Doordarshan News.

             A bench headed by Justice Pradeep Nandrajog issued notice to Harikesh Bahadur Singh on whose petition the CAT had passed the order.The court asked Singh to file response on the appeal of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati by October 25, when the matter is to be taken up for further hearing.

              Prasar Bharati had yesterday approached the court against the CAT order.The CAT bench headed by Chairman V K Bali had on September 13 cancelled the appointment of the journalists on the ground that rules for appointment were changed arbitrarily at the last moment at the interview stage to pave the way for the selection of some candidates who did not perform well in the written test.

              The Tribunal had noted that the number of journalists to be called for interview was increased from 30 to 35 to accommodate Yashvi Tirath (daughter of Union Minister Krishna Tirath) who ranked 33 in the written exam.
The Tribunal had further said another candidate Anita Kalra Kalha was arbitrarily recommended when she had not applied for the post and had not appeared in the audition test for it.



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