The Supreme Court today said the selection of 15 successful candidates of the Delhi Judicial Services examinations held last year would remain and sought response of the Delhi High Court registry on its view that the answer sheets of other examinees be examined again.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant asked Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for the Delhi High Court registry, to seek instruction on the view as to whether the answer sheets of unsuccessful candidates can be checked again or not.
The bench had suggested that a former apex court judge can be asked to look into the entire issue.
It had said that the successful candidates would not be touched and the limited aspect for the court-appointed panel would to see as to whether more eligible candidates can be selected.
The bench had earlier sought response from successful candidates on the PIL filed by the Centre For Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) alleging arbitrary evaluation of answer sheets in the judicial services examinations held in 2014.
The bench had said that it would like to hear the 15 candidates, who were selected for the interview, before appointing a former apex court judge re-evaluate all answer sheets.
On November 2, the bench had suggested to have a former apex court judge for rational re-evaluation of all the answer sheets of the Delhi judicial services examinations held in 2014.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for CPIL, had said that 659 students out of 9033, who were declared successful in preliminary examination, took the main examination held on October 10 and 11 last year.
The CPIL also said, “The result of this Main Examination
was declared on May 1 2015, almost 8 months after the exam was held. Surprisingly, only 15 students (13 from General Category and 2 from reserved category) have been selected for the interview for total 80 vacancies. That means a total of 98 per cent of the students were failed and only 2 per cent managed to pass.”
Bhushan had said that only 15 students have been called for the interview against 80 vacancies becomes “remarkable” as there are at least 68 candidates, who were not selected for the interview round, are “those who have already cleared judicial examinations of other States and most of them are sitting judges in their respective states”.
CPIL had sought a direction to “quash the result of the Main Exam of the Delhi Judicial Service, 2014 declared on May one.