September,12,2015: Delhi High Court Chief Justice G. Rohini has clarified that even though two of the 15 qualified candidates in the Delhi Judicial Service Examination were children of two sitting High Court Judges, “they have qualified on their own and the allegations of favouritism and nepotism are unfounded and unwarranted”.
In a letter addressed to Law Minister Sadananda Gowda, Chief Justice strongly justified the selections and said that he entire process was transparent and as per norms. She has considered the entire matter closed for any further investigation.
Chief said the “allegation that the answer-sheets were evaluated by sitting judges whose sons/daughters/relatives took the exam is factually incorrect. The evaluation of answer scripts was not done by any of the sitting judges of this court”. Putting rest to the controversy, the letter that there was no ground for cancelling the selections process and that there was no rule for re-evaluation of the answer sheets.
Chief Justice G. Rohini further said that the High Court had permitted all those candidates who had applied under RTI Act to inspect their answer-sheets while ruling out any revaluation. She brought to the Law Minister’s notice that the High Court had already notified that next Judicial Service Examination and the schedule for the same had already been decided upon.
Mr. Gowda has also sought details from Chief Justices of High Court about steps initiated to bring transparency in judicial services examinations in their respective states. He reportedlyreminded them of the conference of Chief Justices of the High Court and Chief Ministers in April on setting up the All India Judicial Services.
Earlier last month, the Supreme Court had admitted a Writ Petition against the examination, filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation, through Advocate Prashant Bhushan. It had however refused to grant a stay on the selection process because the District Judge interviews are due to happen in two days from today. The Court however made the final results of the selection process subject to the outcome of the Writ.
The DJS exam was held in July last year, pursuant to a notification that was issued after a period of three years. A total of 9,033 candidates appeared for the Prelims. Out of these, 659 students cleared the Prelims and became eligible to write the Mains. When the results were published in May this year, it turned out that only 15 candidates had cleared the exam, and asked to appear for the interview.
Before that in June, Law Minister Sadananda Gowda had written to the Delhi High Court Chief Justice G. Rohini to look into the “corruption, favoritism and nepotism” in the Delhi Judicial Services Examination that was held in New Delhi last year.
Sr. Advocate Prashant Bhushan had also written to Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice G. Rohini, bringing to her notice, the apparent irrationality in the result of the Main Exam of the Delhi Judicial Service, (DJS) 2014.
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