11 judges selected in 2014 Delhi Judicial Services: SC

11 judges selected in 2014 Delhi Judicial Services: SC
11 judges selected in 2014 Delhi Judicial Services: SC

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 )

Selection of successful DJS candidates would remain intact: SC

delhi high courtThe 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.