CAT refuses to review DD News scribes' sacking order

| Updated on: Feb 11, 2011

The Central Administrative Tribunal today refused to review its earlier order quashing the appointment of 25 Doordarshan News anchors and reporters on the grounds of irregularities in their appointment.

A CAT Bench headed by its Chairman Mr V.K. Bali refused to review its earlier order given in September last.

The CAT had quashed the appointment of 25 news anchors and reporters posted at Doordarshan News, saying the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati had committed “irregularities” to favour some candidates to get into DD News.

The tribunal had found that the rules for appointment were changed arbitrarily at the last moment at the interview stage to favour some candidates who did not perform well in the written test.

Hearing a petition filed by journalist Mr Harikesh Bahadur Singh, working with DD News channel, it had noted that the number of journalists to be called for interview had been increased from 30 to 35 to accommodate Mr Yashvi Tirath (daughter of Union Minister Mr Krishna Tirath) who ranked 33 in the written exam.

The petitioner had alleged that the recruitment process in Prasar Bharati was not fair and the candidates were selected on the basis of political considerations.

Published on February 11, 2011

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