The Delhi High Court has postponed the schedule for viva voce of 255 candidates, who were shortlisted in the Delhi Judicial Service Examination, 2019.h
The circular issued in this behalf cites "administrative exigencies" as the reason.
It is pertinent to note that a challenge to the results of the DJS Examination, pending before the Delhi High Court.
The case, alleging that the recruitment process adopted by the Delhi HC is arbitrary and in the express violation of Delhi Judicial Service Rules, 1970, came up for hearing yesterday before the bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar.
The matter is now scheduled to be taken up on March 25.
The petition is filed against the lowering of minimum qualifying percentage for writing the mains exam. It is argued that the minimum qualifying percentage for writing the mains exams is 60% and neither the Respondent authority nor any court can reduce it.
The Petitioner is also aggrieved by the revealing of marks obtained in written examinations, before conducting the viva-voce. According to him, such an act creates a bias in the perspective of the interview board, in favour of the person with the highest marks. The Supreme Court had also recognised this apprehension to be well founded in Pranav Verma Vs. The Registrar General of the High Court of Punjab & Haryana, W.P. (C) No. 565/2019.
The viva voce was scheduled to be conducted between February 12 and 26. As per the notice, the new dates of the viva voce will be intimated shortly by way of a notice on the HC website.