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Supreme Court orders not to deprive COVID patients of appearing in the PSC exams

Today a single bench of Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla issued an interim order to the Public Service Commission not to deprive COVID patients of appearing in its upcoming examinations.

As per the guidelines, persons infected with COVID-19 and those living in isolation would be deprived of appearing in the PSC exams. Point 8 (1) of the PSC’s guidelines states that all examinees would have to submit their affidavits to the PSC proving whether they are infected with COVID-19. In case they are infected with COVID-19, they would not be allowed to appear in the PSC exams. This provision states that it is mandatory for all the applicants to declare whether they are infected with COVID-19.

The Supreme Court ordered PSC to allow COVID patients to sit in the exams in response to a writ petition filed by Advocate Shailendra Ambedkar and Praveen Kumar Yadav. Petitioners argued:

The PSC’s guidelines deprive the infected of an opportunity to take the exams just because of the risk of infection. This clearly violates the person’s right to equality and employment guaranteed by the constitution and laws. 

Here is the Supreme Court’s order:

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