3,November,2015: In order to put to rest the allegation of nepotism and favouritism in 2014 Delhi Judicial Services Exams(DJSE) conducted by Delhi High Court, the Supreme Court on Monday decided to get the answer papers of all the examinee re-evaluated by one of its retired judges.
Questions were raised on the fairness of the examination process after it came to light that two only 15 candidates were shortlisted for interview against the vacancy of 80 posts and out of which two candidates were children of sitting judges of the Delhi HC and two other were former research assistant of a HC judge.
For 80 vacancies in the Delhi subordinate judiciary, more than 9,033 candidates had appeared in the preliminary examination in 2014. At least 614 had appeared for the main examination out of 659 who had qualified the prelims. However, the Delhi HC found that only 15 candidates got the required grades to be invited for an interview.
Soon after the result of mains was declared by the Delhi HC, a PIL was filed in the Supreme Court questioning the evaluation process of answer paper as many deserving candidates including at least 68 candidates, who had already cleared judicial examinations of other States and are sitting judges, did not qualify the exam.
A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant said that it was not necessary that a person who cleared judicial exam of other states would also qualify the DJSE but agreed for re-evaluation of answer sheets of candidates to put to rest allegation on the fairness of the exam. The bench said that it would request a former judge to take up the task and will pass order on Friday after getting his approval.
Advocate A D N Rao, appearing for HC, which conducted the recruitment of judges in the Delhi subordinate judiciary, said the entire process was transparent and as per norms and did not object to the proposal of re-evaluation. Advocate Prashat Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, asked the court to examine the answer sheet of some of candidates but the court turned down his plea.
"What is remarkable is that at least 68 candidates, who appeared for the main exam but not selected for the interview, are those who have already cleared judicial examinations of other States and most of them are sitting judges in their respective states. At least 6 of them are 1st rank holders in the judicial exams of their respective states, and at least 3 candidates are 2nd rank holders in their respective judicial exams," he said.
"In a selection system in which the High Court itself conducts the examinations for selection of the judicial officers, the possibility of conflict of interest or even allegation of bias cannot be ruled out," the petitioner claimed. It sought a uniform and transparent system of evaluation and selection without compromising on merits.
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