October,6,2015: The Union Law Ministry has received a fresh complaint about the irregularities committed during the interview of the Delhi Judicial Service (DJS) examination 2014 for appointment of higher judicial officers in various trial court in the city.
According to an e-mail, received by the ministry last month, the interview was conducted in an unfair manner as the profile of each candidate was disclosed to the board members instead of maintaining confidentiality.
In June, the ministry has already received complaint about the favouritism, corruption and nepotism in the selection process of judicial officers. Two children of sitting high court judges are among the only 15 candidates, it was alleged.
Out of 2161 advocates, who appeared in first objective-type exam, only 106 qualified for the main exam. The result was declared on December 19 last year in which only 39 candidates were shortlisted for interview for the DJS exam. The interview was held in May this year.
As per the complaint, which dna has access to, "….The particulars as photo, name, religion, category and family background of the candidates were duly disclosed to the interview board, which are to be kept confidential in interview to rule out any possibility of favouratism."
"The high court declared final result on July 20,2015, wherein there are quantum jumps, consequent losses of rank and total marks of some candidates, due to favouratism manipulation of interview marks, in original interview awards….," the complaint also said claiming the detailed obtained through RTI application.
To all these allegations, the high court chief justice has already denied any favouritism, corruption and nepotism before the Supreme Court, which is hearing a PIL filed for a thorough probe into the allegations and to scrap the selection process.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan has filed a PIL challenging the selection process and quashing of DJS examination 2014 on the ground that only the children of sitting judges have qualified the exam and not the meritorious candidates.
Filing a petition through NGO-the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), Bhushan said in RTI reply it has been found that there is no set of criteria and no model answers were provided to the examiner….Because of this 70 trial court judges and rank holders in other states exam, LL.M. NET qualified law lecturers from DU etc have been failed."
Only 15, including daughters of two sitting judges, out of 614 candidates have qualified the exam, the plea said.
In the last date of hearing the Apex court refused to stay the recruitment process and said the entire selection is subject to the outcome of the PIL, which is to be listed for hearing soon.
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