Appointment of judges in Chhattisgarh’s subordinate judiciary has come under the Supreme Court’s scanner.
A bench of justice RM Lodha and justice HL Gokhale on Monday issued notice to the state’s high court registry on a PIL that alleges manipulations and irregularities in the conduct of civil judges examination, 2008. According to the petitioner, Centre for Public Interest claimed the exam was manipulated to favour candidates related to some judges, bureaucrats and politicians.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, contended that no action was taken even though the alleged irregularities were brought to the notice of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) in 2008.
“The selection process of the exam is vitiated by favouritism as candidates are close relatives of the senior judges and bureaucrats,” he told the bench.
The petition stated,“The close scrutiny of the answer sheets of the successful candidates related to the judges, law secretary indicates that they have been manipulated.”