Cuttack, Aug 9: The Orissa High Court on Wednesday stayed the Assistant Section Officer (ASO) selection process.
A notice has been issued to Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) to submit an affidavit in this regard. The next hearing is scheduled to be held on September 21.
On July 31, the Orissa High Court rejected the review and writ petitions filed in connection with irregularities in the Assistant Section Officer (ASO) recruitment examination conducted by the OPSC. The state’s apex court has upheld its earlier order directing the publication of a fresh merit list. The court had heard the review petition filed by the shortlisted candidates on July 13 but it had reserved its order.
On August 4, the HC directed the commission to complete the selection process for the ASO recruitment at the earliest. The court had directed OPSC to complete the entire process within six weeks.
The written examination to fill up 796 posts of ASO was conducted by OPSC on August 27 last year. The result of the examination was published on November 7. However, several candidates had moved to Orissa High Court alleging irregularities in the examination.