Judicial services examination: Give copies of answer sheets to candidates, SC to Delhi HC

Rejecting an objection by the High Court administration, a bench led by Justice Dipak Misra also directed them to mention the names of the candidates and not just their roll numbers in the list of successful candidates.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: July 27, 2016 3:12 am

IN steps that would help usher in transparency in the judicial services examination, the Supreme Court Tuesday asked the Delhi High Court to start giving copies of answer sheets to candidates under the Right To Information Act.

Rejecting an objection by the High Court administration, a bench led by Justice Dipak Misra also directed them to mention the names of the candidates and not just their roll numbers in the list of successful candidates.

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, representing the High Court registrar, had said, “What is there to achieve by making public the names? The moment a name is relatable to a judge, the allegations are being leveled.” But the bench turned down his objection.

The court also accepted a suggestion — given by petitioner NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation— that Optical Mark Recognition sheets must be filled in with a pen, not a pencil. It added that the High Court should keep in mind the checking procedure as laid down by the apex court in two previous cases, regarding the manner of scaling and moderation of marks.

While disposing of a batch of pleas alleging arbitrary evaluation of answer sheets in the Delhi Judicial Services examination held in 2014, the bench said students must retain “intrinsic faith” in the present examination system as it is the hallmark of a “civilised society”.

Earlier, the High Court Registry had apprised the apex court that it has found 11 candidates, who were initially declared unsuccessful in the judicial services examination, suitable for appointment as lower court judges after re-evaluation. They were held eligible after a court-appointed panel recommended that they had made the cut.

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