A 31-year-old man from Delhi, Lalit Kumar, appeared in the Northern Railway Group D exam in December 2013. He was happy as he secured 96 per cent in a recruitment exam
. But the result of the exam shocked him. He was declared not selected. Lalit, who has started working for the Delhi Transport Corporation as a conductor, said: “I come from a poor family. My father needs constant care as he is bedridden with paralysis. The result of the exam meant a lot to me and my family.” Unconvinced by the result, he filed a Right to Information (RTI) query with the railways to know what went wrong. He received the reply after a year. He was told that his candidature was cancelled by the Railway Recruitment Cell (RRC) because it was felt that the only way he could have scored 96 per cent marks (which was above the cut-off mark) was by using unfair means.
Not satisfied with the response, he kept going to the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) in the Northern Railway office. He was asked by officials to file an appeal with the Central Information Commission (CIC). Lalit, who is also pursuing Bachelor of Social Work at the Indira Gandhi National Open University, said, “I filed my appeals with the First Appellate Authority (FAA) and CIC.” On August 10, the CIC asked the CPIO, which alleged that he used unfair means in the examination, to provide the reasons within 30 days explaining why he was not selected. Lalit said that CPIO has no proof or evidence that he was involved in cheating or using unfair means and challenged them to prove it.
Awaiting justice, he has now written to the Prime Minister’s Office. He says, “This is my last resort. All I want is a fair probe and justice.”