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Delhi judicial services exam results unchanged in final list but subject to writ

Results: Business as usual with caveat?
Results: Business as usual with caveat?

The Delhi high court on 21 August 2015 released the final merit result of candidates prepared by the selection committee after the selection process started in June 2014.

However, the result came with the following caveat:

The selection and appointment of these 15 candidates to Delhi Judicial Service is subject to outcome of Writ Petition (Civil) No. 514/2015 titled ‘Centre for Public Interest Litigation vs. Registrar General of the High Court of Delhi’ pending before Supreme Court of India and Writ Petition (Civil) No. 2828/2010 titled ‘Surender Pal Singh Chauhan vs. State & Anr.’ pending before Delhi high court.

All the 15 candidates who cleared the DJS 2014 mains exam seem to have been selected in the viva-voce as well. If the results are upheld to be valid, the Delhi lower judiciary would end up filling just 15 seats despite the total number of listed vacancies for the exam being 80.

Overall, there are more than 570 vacancies in the Delhi lower judicial service presently.

Allegations of favouritism, nepotism and corruption prompted the law minister to write to the Chief Justice of India informing him about the grievances received by Department of Justice in June this year.

Various allegations by the candidates against the conduct of DJS entrance exam include:

- The roll number, name and signature of candidates who applied to see their answer sheet were still on it when they examined it, implying that the anonymity of candidates was not maintained in the examining process.

- Judicial exam successes elsewhere did not translate to Delhi 64 times

- Delhi high court admitted that there was neither any fixed criterion for the marking/checking of the answers, nor any model answers prepared for any of the four papers of the DJS mains exam

The writ petition in the Delhi high court is next listed to for hearing on 14 September 2015, while the order dated 4 August 2015 in the writ petition by Centre for Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court allowed the interview process to be taken up by the selection committee subject to the outcome of the petition.

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