56 people filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and appealed to increase the maximum age for the application of SI recruitment. For this, the petitioners made the basis of the tweet of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. However, while dismissing the petition, the High Court clarified that the Chief Minister’s tweet cannot be ordered to increase the age by taking it as the basis.
Punjab-Haryana High Court rejected the appeal of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in July last year to issue a direction to increase the maximum age limit of the applicant for SI recruitment from 28 years to 32 years. The High Court said that on the basis of the tweet of the CM, the government cannot be issued an order to increase the age limit.
56 people filed a petition through Advocate Pradyuman Garg and told the High Court that the post of Sub-Inspectors has not been recruited for the last five years. Last year, the Chief Minister had announced that the maximum age limit of applicants for the recruitment of SI would be increased from 28 years to 32 years. Now when the government asked for applications for 560 posts, the maximum age limit was kept 28 years as before, instead of 32 years.
The petitioners have submitted that the recruitment is taking place after many years and the petitioners fulfill all the eligibility criteria except age. Due to this late recruitment, now he has crossed the maximum age limit. The petitioner said that now the age limit should be raised to 32 years as promised by the Chief Minister. The petition was dismissed outright by the Single Bench, which was challenged before the Division Bench. Dismissing the petition, a division bench based on Justice Rajan Gupta said that the order to increase the age limit cannot be issued on the basis of CM’s tweet. To increase the age limit, it is necessary to amend the rules, which the cabinet has to do and not the CM alone.
Along with this, the petitioner had referred to an order of the Supreme Court in which the Supreme Court had directed to consider the period till further orders as zero period due to the situation arising due to Corona. The High Court clarified that it is only in the court context of condoning the delay in filing the petition and not with reference to the age limit.