Delhi High Court registry today apprised the Supreme Court it has found eleven candidates, who were initially unsuccessful in 2014 Delhi Judicial Services examination, suitable for appointment as lower court judges after re-evaluation.
“As per the Report, twelve candidates were to appear in the interview, but one candidate did not appear and hence, eleven were interviewed.
“All the eleven candidates have been found suitable. The respondents (Registry) are at liberty to issue letters of appointment to the selected candidates,” a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh said.
The bench, meanwhile, asked the Registry to respond to suggestions mooted by lawyer Prashant Bhushan for bringing “transparency” in judicial services examinations and fixed the matter for further hearing on July 19.
It asked the apex court registry to supply the copies of the report submitted by Justice P V Reddi committee which had re-examined the answer scripts of unsuccessful candidates.
The court, on March 10, had asked the Delhi High Court to interview the 12 successful candidates within four weeks. The bench, which had earlier asked former apex court judge Justice Reddi to re-evaluate the answer sheets of nearly 650 unsuccessful candidates of the 2014 DJS examination, had considered the interim report of the panel declaring 12 more candidates as successful.
It had also said the 12 candidates will be interviewed by the same board which had interviewed other successful candidates.
The court asked the Delhi High Court Registrar to ensure compliance of its direction and file a report by April 25 and fixed the PIL, filed by the Centre For Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), for further hearing on April 27.
The PIL had alleged arbitrary evaluation of answer sheets in the judicial services examinations held in 2014.
Earlier, the court, on December 14, 2015, had asked Justice Reddi to re-evaluate the answer sheets of nearly 650 candidates within six weeks.
It had also made it clear that the appointment of already selected 15 candidates as judges would not be “touched”.
Out of 659 candidates, who had qualified in preliminary and taken up the mains examination, only 15 persons were selected for the appointment after the interview against nearly 80 advertised vacancies.
( Source – PTI )