SC notice to govt over top jobs in banks

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre on a PIL, challenging the eligibility criteria including cut-off age of 55 years affixed by the government for direct selection of top executives in five public sector banks— Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Canara Bank, IDBI Bank and Punjab National Bank.

A bench of Justices Anil R Dave and R K Agrawal sought a response from the Union Finance Ministry and the RBI on a petition by president of the All India Bank Officers Confederation K D Khera. Advocates Prashant Bhushan and Sandeep S Ladda, appearing for the petitioner contended that the advertisement issued on February 26 by the Department of Financial Services inviting applications for the post of managing director and chief executive officer in the five banks laid down arbitrary and illegal conditions.

They claimed that the eligibility criteria were against the banking regulations, which could be used to allow the executive cadre posts of the public sector banks to go to the people from the private sector. The government invited applications from outsiders, primarily favouring those employed in private sector banks as the age fixed for the candidates ranged from 45 to 55 years.

BBC film: SC no to lawyer’s plea

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to restrain the Bar Council of India and the Supreme Court Bar Association from examining a plea to debar advocate M L Sharma from practising in courts following his “derogatory” remarks against women in a BBC documentary on the December 16, 2012 gang-rape case, reports DHNS from New Delhi.

A bench of Justices V Gopala Gowda and C Nagappan brushed aside the contention of Sharma that the BCI and SCBA should be restrained from examining similar allegations as the apex court was already seized with a petition filed by the Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association (SCWLA).

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