November,6,2015:The Supreme Court today sought response from the successful candidates of the Delhi Judicial Services examinations held last year on a plea alleging arbitrary evaluation of answer scripts.
A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and P C Pant said it would like to hear the 15 candidates, who were selected for the interview, before appointing a former apex court judge re-evaluate all answersheets and issued notices to them.
"Principle of natural justice demands that the successful students be heard as we have decided to re-evaluate all answer scripts…Parity is the test," the bench said while posting the matter for next hearing on December 9.
On November 2, the bench had suggested to have a former apex court judge for rational re-evaluatation of all the answersheets of the Delhi judicial services examinations held in 2014.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) alleging arbitrary evaluation of answer papers in the 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 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.
He 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." PTI
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