Unwilling to disturb the selection of 15 candidates of the Delhi Judicial Services (DJS) exam – 2014, the Supreme Court Wednesday sought the Delhi High Court’s response over the re-evaluation of answer sheets of more than 600 other candidates to ascertain if more selections could be done.
As reported by The Indian Express first, the DJS – 2014 got mired in controversy after at least 65 sitting judicial officers flunked the exam, while children of some sitting Delhi High Court judges were declared successful. A PIL was subsequently moved by NGO CPIL, seeking re-evaluation of answer sheets of all 659 candidates, who had cleared the prelims.
Hearing this PIL, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and P C Pant expressed its reservation against upsetting the selection of 15 candidates, while observing that the answer sheets of other examinees can be evaluated again to assess if some more candidates could be accommodated.
It asked Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for the Delhi High Court registry, to seek instruction over re-assessment of the answer sheets of unsuccessful candidates by a former apex court judge. The bench said that the terms of reference of the former judge may be limited to ascertain whether more eligible candidates can be selected. Singh said he would come back to court after getting appropriate instructions on Monday.
The court had earlier clarified that answer sheets shall be re-evaluated by a former Supreme Court judge, as it observed that the Delhi High Court administration may not have applied rationalisation of marks so as to have uniformity in the marking scheme. It had added “fairness” required re-evaluation by an independent judge, whose name shall be declared later.