12 more DJS candidates qualify for interviews

12 more DJS candidates qualify for interviews

12 more DJS candidates qualify for interviews

Former Supreme Court judge Justice P V Reddi, who re-checked the answer sheets of top 200 unsuccessful candidates of the Delhi Judicial Services examination 2014, has found that 12 of them would stand qualified for interviews following increase in their marks.

A report submitted by Justice Reddi, who was appointed by the Supreme Court in December to undertake the exercise, however, opined that it would be an exercise in futility to check answer sheets of beyond 200 rank holders out of total qualified 659 candidates as their marks had the least possibility of crossing cut off marks 425, fixed for interview, sources said.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh on Friday perused the report and allowed senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, appearing for an unsuccessful candidate and advocate Prashant Bhushan, representing NGO CPIL, to go through it and file their response.

Though the court observed that the report indicated “fair” marking by the evaluators, it put the matter for further consideration after four weeks. 

The court had earlier asked Justice Reddi to reevaluate the answer sheets on the benchmark of 15 successful candidates following allegation of nepotism in the examination for appointment of judicial officers.

Union Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda had earlier written to the high court chief justice mentioning allegations that the kin of the sitting judges of the Delhi High Court have been favoured in the said exam.

CPIL had claimed that 68 candidates, who appeared but failed to qualify the main examination for appointment of judicial magistrate, had already cleared judicial examination of other states like Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and most of them were sitting judges in their respective states.

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