The Supreme Court, in response to a petition filed by attorneys who had taken the Mains Examination for recruitment of ADJs in the State of Rajasthan and were dissatisfied with the result dated 01.10.2022, directed the petitioners to file their appeal with the relevant High Court on Thursday.
“In light of the foregoing, we conclude that a petition under Article 226 should be filed with the High Court. If the petitioner takes the matter to the HC, we shall ask the Ld. CJ to assign it to a bench of the court so that the hiring process can be settled as soon as possible.”
Petitioners have asked for a re-evaluation of their papers, bonus points, and consideration in light of the verdict in Pranav Verma v. Registrar General of Punjab & Haryana High Court, which states that three times as many people as positions were advertised should be invited to an interview.
The Chief Justice, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice Hima Kohli, and Justice J.B. Pardiwala formed a Bench to hear the petitioners’ case after advocate Mr. Prashant Bhushan brought it up on their behalf.
Mr. Bhushan informed the Bench that out of 85 open positions for ADJs, only 4 applicants were contacted for an interview. A statement from the CJI “Candidates for lateral admission are not coming to us from all parts of the country. Currently, the general pool is at an all-time low. Your client is not the subject of any of our comments. It’s a problem all over the county. This is a universal sentiment among CJs.” Mr. Bhushan claimed that although the recruitment flyer promised interviews to 250 qualified applicants, only four were actually contacted.
There must be a mistake in the grading, he seemed to imply. He asked if the papers may be re-examined by a Supreme Court judge who had already retired. He said that the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court had formed a Committee to address the concerns of the Bar’s representatives on the appointment of ADJs, and that this information had been relayed to the Bench.
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Reviewed by Deepa Bajaj.