justice R Suresh Kumar said that the experts are not in a position to differentiate the two aspects of Economics – ‘Devaluation’ and ‘Demonetization’ of currency, due to which the wrong answer appeared.++Exercise caution while preparing answer keys: HC

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Madurai: The Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) has been asked by the Madras high court to exercise caution on getting an expert opinion while deciding on answer keys for examination after a wrong answer was given in the answer key.
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Granting relief to two candidates – T S Abinesh and K Rajukumar – who had marked the correct answers in the written examination conducted on January 12, justice R Suresh Kumar said that the experts are not in a position to differentiate the two aspects of Economics – ‘Devaluation’ and ‘Demonetization’ of currency, due to which the wrong answer appeared.

The judge observed that the question in controversy was – ‘Indian rupee was devalued ——- times since 1947? and the options given were ‘(A) 3 (B) 4 (C) 2 (D) 1’. The judge noted that in the preliminary answer key published by the board was ‘A – three times’ was declared as the correct answer and subsequently in the final answer key ‘B – four times’ was mentioned as the correct answer.
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Though the economics text book referred by the petitioners as well as the three experts reveals that the currency was devalued only thrice, the additional advocate general K Chellapandian submitted that the experts had arrived at the correct answer as four times by taking in to account the demonetization done by the central government in 2016.
Observing that there is a huge difference between ‘Devaluation’ and ‘Demonetization’, the judge explained that devaluation is a deliberate reduction of the official rate at which domestic currency is exchanged for another currency while demonetisation is the act of stripping a currency unit of its status as legal tender.
Expressing displeasure over the way in which the experts had acted recklessly, the judge held that the correct answer was ‘A – three times’. Though the mistake appears to be small, it will have a wider ramification and create a cascading effect in the selection process as the candidates who have written the right answer would be denied marks and those who have written the wrong answer would have been given marks.
The judge observed that since the petitioners had secured 48 marks and the cut off marks for the zone of consideration of BC category is 48.5 marks, petitioners are entitled for award of 0.5 marks. Hence, the judge directed TNUSRB to award 0.5 marks to both the petitioners and to consider the candidatures for the next stage of the selection process.
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Madurai: Taking a serious view over the delay in removing an encroachment on a land near Sivaganga Bypass Road junction in Madurai district, the Madras high court has directed the city deputy commissioner of police (law and order), to appear before it through video conferencing, for failing to provide police protection despite a requisition made in 2018.
A division bench of justices M Sathyanarayanan and B Pugalendhi passed the order while hearing a petition filed by Dr V N Veera Rajkumar, trustee of Vikram Trust, which runs a nursing school and college within the campus of Vikram Multispeciality Hospital situated at Sivaganga Ring Road junction at Melamadai.
Rajkumar stated that there are certain private lands on the western side of the hospital and certain portions of the lands were acquired by the national highways department. He stated that he had constructed a compound wall on the western side with a separate gate for entry to the nursing college and hostel. Two people have put up asbestos sheets and set up a tea stall at the land blocking access to the college. He stated that he submitted a representation to the authorities seeking to remove the encroachment.
Following the representation, authorities conducted a survey and found that the land owned by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) was encroached. He stated that the concessionaire had sent a representation to the Madurai city commissioner of police seeking police protection for removal of encroachment in 2018, but there was no response.
Since no steps were taken so far to remove the encroachments, the petitioner moved the high court Madurai bench.
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W.P.(MD) Nos.7197 & 8496 of 2020
BEFORE THE MADURAI BENCH OF MADRAS HIGH COURT
DATED: 26.08.2020
CORAM:
THE HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE R.SURESH KUMAR
W.P.(MD)Nos.7197 & 8496 of 2020
and
W.M.P.(MD) Nos.6627 & 7881 of 2020
Abinesh T.S. … Petitioner in W.P.(MD)
No.7197 of 2020
K.Rajkumar … Petitioner in W.P.(MD)
No.8496 of 2020
Vs.
The Member Secretary,
Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board,
Old Commissioner of Police Office Campus,
Pantheon Road, Egmore,
Chennai 600 008 … Respondent in both W.P.’s

PRAYER in W.P.(MD) No.7197 of 2020 : Writ Petition is filed under Article 226 of
the Constitution of India to issue a Writ of Declaration, declaring the final key answer to
Question No.47 in the Written Examination Question Booklet A Series for direct
recruitment for the posts Sub Inspector of Police {Taluk, Armed Reserve (Men &
Women/ Transgender) and Tamil Nadu Special Police(Men)-2019} as wrong and
consequently to direct the respondent to permit the petitioner to participate in the next
phase of selection by awarding marks for the petitioner’s answer to the question No.47
within the time stipulated by this Court.
PRAYER in W.P.(MD) No.8496 of 2020 : Writ Petition is filed under Article 226 of
the Constitution of India to issue a Writ of Declaration, declaring the final key answer to
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