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SC terms are prima facie inappropriate to postpone HC Delhi Superior Judicial Service review – The New Indian Express


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday called “prima facie inappropriate” the Delhi High Court’s order to postpone for four weeks the 2022 examination of the Delhi Superior Judicial Service (DHJS) scheduled for March 20.

The Bench headed by Chief Justice N. V. Ramana requested Senior Counsel ADN Rao, appearing for the Registrar General of the Delhi High Court, to inform the people, who had moved the High Court, about the DHJS review to submit their application forms to take the trial by March 12.

The bench, also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and Hima Kohli, on another plea related to the Delhi Judicial Service Examination (DJSE), allowed Advocate Devina Sharma to submit her application form for the test subject to the query result.

The lawyer, referring to the pandemic situation and the non-detention of DJSE in 2020 and 2021 by the High Court, requests a relaxation of the age limit of 32 years for seeking legal benefits. The Supreme Court was hearing two separate appeals from the Registry of the Delhi High Court against two separate orders from the Division Benches of the High Court.

A division bench of the high court had on March 4 postponed by four weeks the DHJS exam, which was to be held on March 20, while hearing a lot of pleas challenging the minimum age criterion of 35 years fixed for applying. as a federal judge.

Another division bench of the High Court on March 8 had ordered that the deadline for receipt of applications for Delhi Judicial Service (DJSE) examination, 2022, be postponed and the examination be postponed during the hearing a plea challenging the setting of an upper age limit of 32 for candidates.

“It is regrettable that the applicants (who challenged the minimum age requirement of 35 for the DHJS) before the High Court did not attempt to submit their application for the post. They asked the High Court to relax The High Court has while issuing a notice asking to extend the date of the application beyond April 7,” he said.

“In fairness, considering that more than 1,200 applications were received, it was not prima facie appropriate to extend the deadline and extend the review (DHJS),” the court order said. supreme.

He asked the high court prosecutor to inform candidates by phone or email that they must send in their applications by March 12.

In the other appeal, related to the DJSE, the bench said: “The party in person (Devina Sharma) submitted that her limited prayer is that she may be allowed to sit for the exam. It is alleged that ‘there are already over 5,700 applicants applied…given the timeline set by the court, we believe it is necessary to hear the case and dispose of it without creating confusion and blocking the review.’

At this time, we allow the respondent (Devina) to submit the application and list the cases on Tuesday for final decision. The bench has now released the cases for a rehearing on March 15.

Senior Solicitor Rao, representing Delhi High Court Registry, said more than 7,000 applications had been received by the High Court for the DHJS and DJSE and review processes had been disrupted by two orders separate from the High Court at the request of some candidates. Devina said the whole world has suffered from the pandemic and the upper age limit of 32 for DJSE needs to be relaxed as the exam was not held in 2020 and 2021.

“How can the exam be blocked for you only,” asked the bench. A high court bench consisting of Judges Vipin Sanghi and DK Sharma had taken note of Sharma’s petition and requested a response from the High Court Registry.

Sharma had requested a relaxation of the upper age limit for appearing at the DJSE, 2022, for which the last date for submitting the application was March 20. The preliminary examination was scheduled for March 27.

She said she was born in April 1989 and was not eligible to take the exam because she was over 32 on January 1, 2022.

“The last review took place for the year 2019 and thereafter did not take place for two successive years, i.e. 2020 and 2021, possibly due to the global pandemic, this i.e. COVID-19 If said examination had taken place in either of these two years, the petitioner would have been eligible to sit for the examination in those years, which should preferably be conducted annually under the Delhi Judicial Services Rule, 1970,” the petition reads.