Regretting lack of a response from Delhi High Court Chief Justice G Rohini, activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan has made public his letter to the judge, demanding the re-evaluation of answer sheets of all candidates who took the 2014 Delhi Judicial Services exam. JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, meanwhile, has written to Union Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, seeking his intervention into the matter.
In his letter dated May 14, Bhushan has expressed his bewilderment over the results declared on May 1, which showed that of the 659 candidates who appeared for the exam for the post of a Delhi judge, only 15 — a little more than 2 per cent — were declared successful.
The topper and another successful candidate are daughters of sitting judges of Delhi High Court, which conducted the exam. Records further showed that at least 65 sitting judicial officers from 11 states failed the exam, raising more questions about the evaluation process.
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“Such results show that there is a serious problem with the evaluation method…this kind of selection process will demotivate several other meritorious students…students with good academic records would never appear in the exams having such an unreasonable selection method,” stated the letter. He requested the Chief Justice to put the declaration of final result on hold till answer sheets are re-evaluated “by adopting fair and reasonable standards, by persons of unquestioned fairness, so that meritorious and suitable candidates could be selected for the notified vacancies.”
Stating that there has been no response to his letter, Bhushan told The Indian Express that it was imperative to thoroughly probe allegations of nepotism in the exam and ensure that merit does not suffer. “It is extremely unfortunate that there has been no response even though the futures of hundreds of candidates are left in the lurch,” he said.
As reported by The Indian Express, Union Law Minister Gowda had, in a letter dated June 18, asked Justice Rohini to look into allegations of “corruption, favouritism and nepotism”.
In his letter to Gowda, Yadav has stated,”Some unsuccessful candidates have approached me to request for re-evaluation of their exam sheets alleging favouritism in this exam. I am informed that the answer sheets were evaluated by those sitting judges whose close relatives took the exam.”
Calling it as a “very serious issue”, Yadav said the issue of corruption in judiciary needs to be debated for some concrete solutions otherwise it will be a grave “threat to our democracy”.
“In view of this, I shall be grateful if the re-evaluation of answer sheets of all successful candidates be ordered so that justice is done with these candidates,” Yadav said in his letter.