Court to hear plea on Doordarshan appointments

Delhi High Court Thursday agreed to hear a petition filed by Prasar Bharati challenging an order of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) quashing the appointment of 25 TV news anchors and reporters in Doordarshan News.

A bench headed by Justice Pradeep Nandrajog fixed Oct 26 for the next hearing.

The bench also asked Harikesh Bahadur Singh, on whose petition the CAT passed the order, to file a response on the appeal of the public broadcaster.

Prasar Bharati Wednesday approached the court against the CAT order.

A CAT bench headed by Chairman V.K. Bali Sep 13 cancelled the appointment of the journalists on the ground that rules for appointment were changed arbitrarily at the interview stage to pave the way for selection of some candidates who did not perform well in the written test.

The tribunal noted that the number of journalists to be called for interview was increased from 30 to 35 to accommodate Yashvi Tirath (daughter of union Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath) who ranked 33 in the written exam.

The tribunal 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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