Chennai high court granted three months to Central Crime Branch (CCB) police to complete the investigation relating to Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission Group-I recruitment scam and file a comprehensive report before the court.
When the matter came up for hearing on Wednesday, the division bench of justices R. Subbiah and R. Pongiappan passed the order on a request made by the CCB seeking three months.
The counsel for petitioner M. Purushothaman contended that out of over 5,000 candidates who appeared for the exam 148 cleared the written exam and were called for the interview.
In the interview only 74 were declared selected. The court should implead the remaining 74 unsuccessful candidates who appeared for the interview. He hoped they may reveal more information relating to the scam and the selected 74 would not be helpful in the case.
However, the court granted liberty to the petitioner to move an impleading plea, which might be taken up for consideration. The bench then posted the matter to the first week of December for further hearing.
The scam was exposed by a private television channel, which was in possession of blank answer sheets of TNPSC sent by an unidentified person.
Subsequently, S Swapna, a transgender candidate who also participated in the recruitment also approached the high court. Following this the court passed an interim order restraining the government to allot postings to the 68 of the 74 candidates selected through the recruitment.