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26 and not 15 new judges: SC confirms new Delhi Judicial Service 2014 result

The Delhi lower judicial service (DJS) will now recruit 26 new judges, after the Supreme Court confirmed the result of 11 new candidates who cleared the DJS 2014 interview.

The Supreme Court today heard the Centre for Public Interest Litigation’s (CPIL) writ against the conduct of the DJS 2014, and approved the result of the 21 March interview to be published. The interviewed candidates were 11 out of those 12 who had passed the DJS 2014 mains exam after their marks increased on re-assessment by the retired justice PV Reddy’s committee.

CPIL’s counsel Prashant Bhushan submitted a note suggesting systemic reforms in the DJS exam. In the note CPIL sought that justice PV Reddy’s report, undisclosed publicly so far, be made public in the interests of transparency. CPIL also sought the following:

  1. OMR sheets should be filled up in pen instead of pencil
  2. Names of the candidates who clear DJS’ preliminary exam should be mentioned in the notification publishing the result
  3. For paper-checking the procedure laid down by the Supreme Court in three cases (cited in the note) should be followed: there should be a chief examiner and assistant examiners.
  4. Candidates should be provided copies of their answer scripts under RTI
  5. Arbitrary absolute cut-offs for the interview stage should be replaced by the ranking method
  6. The DJS exam should be an annual affair, like the UPSC exam

The Supreme Court has asked the Delhi high court to file its reply to these points and will hear the case next on 19 July.

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