HYDERABAD: Finding fault with the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) for cancelling the IAS selection of a visually-impaired Telugu man from Ongole in Andhra Pradesh, the Hyderabad bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) set aside the Centre's order and directed it to appoint him..The tribunal also ordered that the candidate be accorded a suitable post in line with the merit he displayed in the Civil Services Examinations (CSE-2016)...The bench of Justice R Kantha Rao, member (judicial), and Minnie Mathew, member (administration), pronounced this judgment after hearing the petitioner, Rizwan Basha Shaik of Ongole, who secured an all-India rank of 48 under the visually-impaired category in CSE 2016...As per the rules, a candidate should have at least 40% disability in vision to be eligible for this quota. Rizwan produced a medical certificate stating that he has 40% disability. But after clearing the preliminary and main examinations, he was sent to the UPSC medical board, which examined him and determined that he has only 30% disability.. Recommended By Colombia.He appealed before the appellate medical board (AMB), which examined him and concluded that his disability was 40% and declared him eligible for selection under the visually-impaired quota...But following a last-minute complaint by a third party alleging that the candidate fudged the disability percentage to secure admission, the UPSC chairman referred the matter to an expert committee under the Central Government Health Scheme. ..The expert committee did not clinically examine Rizwan, but reviewed the papers and declared his visual impairment was only 30%...Agreeing with Rizwan's counsel Kandukuri Sudhakar Reddy, the CAT bench said the authorities had violated their own rules. Writing the judgment for the bench, Justice Kantha Rao said the regulation relating to visual impairment clearly says no appeal against the AMB will be entertained and that its decision is final and binding... https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/tribunal-relief-for-visually-impaired-upsc-candidate/articleshow/63665328.cms
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