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Court directed DSSSB to to issue notice for candidates desiring to wear a kara and/or kirpan to arrive at the examination centre one hour before the reporting time: High Court of Delhi

The High Court of Delhi, through learned judge, Justice Rekha Palli in the case of Mrs. Marhaleen Kaur v . Union of India and Ors. (W.P.(C) 6872/2021) directed DSSSB to to issue notice for candidates desiring to wear a kara and/or kirpan to arrive at the examination centre one hour before the reporting time.

BRIEF FACTS: The petitioner, who was a lady belonging to the Sikh community, approached the Court being aggrieved by the action of respondent nos.3 & 4 in not permitting her to appear in the examination for selection to the post of PGT-Economics (Female) held on 17.07.2021 even though she had, on the basis of the admit card issued to her, reached the examination centre before the closing time. It was the petitioner’s case that she was informed that she would not be permitted to appear in the examination till she removed her metallic kara.

FINDINGS OF THE COURT: After hearing contentions raised by both the parties, the court deemed it appropriate to direct the DSSSB to ensure that adequate notice regarding this additional requirement for candidates desirous of wearing a kara and/or kirpan to reach the examination centre one hour before the reporting time, be given well in advance so that no undue hardship is caused to them as caused to the petitioner in the present case. The court remarked that it was expected that not only the DSSSB but all other recruiting agencies who conduct similar examinations, take appropriate steps in this regard well before the conduct of the examination. 

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JUDGEMENT REVIEWED BY – AMRUTHA K

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