CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday stayed the ongoing recruitment process for 210 posts of jail warders in Punjab. While staying the process, HC also issued a notice to the principal secretary (home) and inspector-general of police (IGP)-cum-chairman of recruitment committee of jail warders, seeking their reply on the petition challenging the appointments.
Punjab had advertised to fill 210 posts of jail warders on November 8, and the process of their recruitment was going on, when the matter reached the high court in the wake of a petition filed by Shiv Ram and 32 other persons, seeking quashing of the advertisement, as they had earlier filed a writ petition in 2014, challenging the cancellation of the previous recruitment process initiated in October 2011 for jail warders, in which they had also participated.
The reasons stated by the government was that irregularities had taken place in the said recruitment. According to the petitioners, despite the pendency of the previous petition in the HC, the government issued a fresh advertisement, lowering the upper age from 37 years to 25, and increasing the minimum qualification from class VIII pass to class XII, whereby all the present petitioners became ineligible. The petitioners have sought directions to quash the fresh recruitment for 210 posts of jail warders.