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Patna: The Patna high court on Friday dismissed two writ petitions disputing the selection process for appointment of 553 assistant prosecuting officers (APOs) in the state.

With this, decks have been cleared for conduct of the mains examination from Saturday for selection of APOs. The second and third phases of the mains exam for selection of APOs will be held on November 13 and 15.

A single bench of Justice Madhuresh Prasad dismissed the writ petitions filed by Vivek Pandey and Saurabh Bariyal through online hearing.

The petitioners had moved the court as the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) had not made the number of candidates to be screened for mains examination equivalent to 10 times of vacancy, as stipulated in the advertisement issued for the selection process.

However, during the pendency of the writ petition, the BPSC increased the number of examiners to 5,474 for mains.

Petitioners’ counsel argued that despite increase in the number of examiners, the same had not touched the mark of 10 times of the number of vacancies.

They also prayed for immediate stay of the mains exam for “anomalies” in the model answer sets of preliminary tests.

The BPSC’s counsels argued that the selection process was delayed for more than two years.

“There is no impunity left in the entire selection process,” they told the court.

Appreciating the stand of the commission, the court dismissed the writ petitions.

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