KOCHI: The Kerala High Court ordered that the lateral entry appointments to the posts of assistants and section officers in the Secretariat would be subject to the result of a writ petition challenging the same.
Justice Antony Dominic passed the interim order on a writ petition filed by Abhilash and other candidates on the list prepared by the Public Service Commission (PSC) for appointment as Assistant/Auditors in the Secretariat. The petitioners said that executive orders were passed for appointments of last-grade employees such as peons as well as typists and confidential assistants to the posts of the Assistants. According to the petitioner, the PSC had not conducted any test for assessing the merit of the lateral entry candidates. The petitioners also pointed out that the lateral entry appointments were made without following the communal reservation principles provided in the Kerala State Subordinate Rules (KSSR).