General category vacancies open to all: DB

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 18: Division Bench of High Court comprising Justice Sanjeev Kumar and Justice Sanjay Dhar has held that general category vacancies in public employment are open to all including aspirants belonging to reserved categories.
Dismissing the petition filed by Ravi Kumar Sharma seeking quashment of the selection of private respondent for the posts of driver in Subordinate Courts of Jammu Division made in terms of Select List dated 04.02.2018 and also seeking direction to the official respondents to select and appoint the petitioner against the post of driver under open merit category, the DB observed, “Supreme Court in the case of Jitendra Kumar Singh and Another Versus State of UP and others has held that if a person belonging to reserved category is selected on the basis of his merit in open competition along with general category candidates then he will be selected towards general category posts”.
“Thus, there is no law prescribing reservation for general category candidates in public employment and therefore there could not arise any question against the reserved category candidates occupying or being selected against general category posts because of their merit”, the DB said.