State Bank of India, the biggest public sector banking of the country, announced the vacancy for almost 17,000 Clerks in April 2016. More than 10 lakh candidates applied for the post and were ready to seat for the recruitment exam. But according to the latest news, the SBI Clerk Recruitment 2016 exam might get cancelled as an aspirant named S Gurukrishna Gokul has lodged a case against this esteemed bank, SBI.
SBI had clearly mentioned in their recruitment policy that any loan defaulters wouldn’t be able to sit for the Clerk recruitment exam and Gokul has appealed against this norm to the Madras High Court. According to the court, the loan defaulters have nothing to play for in this job recruitment process and thus they must be granted and given full opportunity to appear in any examination.
In the petitioner’s word “This condition of the bank would only make more defaulters. Instead of giving employment to the candidates to make them repay loans, the bank was creating lakhs of defaulters of education loan by stipulating unreasonable and arbitrary ineligibility condition.”
Apart from lodging a case against SBI at the Madras High Court, S Gurukrishna Gokul also filed a PIL against the SBI Chairman as well as against the central government. As a result of these cases, the petitioner had put a hold on the ongoing SBI Clerk Recruit Exam 2016 and also ordered SBI to issue fresh notification without the old criteria of exclusion of the loan defaulters for filling up their vacancies.
State Bank of India was currently going through its preliminary rounds of the Clerk Recruitment Exam with the dates set on May 22, May 28, May 29, June 4 & June 5 respectively. So if the Madras High Court sticks to their decision and bans the SBI Clerk Recruitment 2016 exam, the future of many candidates who have already appeared in this recruitment examination might get affected very badly. SBI has been asked by the Madras High Court to come up with an answer for the PIL within 2 weeks, and only after that the preliminary exam would be concluded.