Agnipath Scheme: Delhi High Court seeks response from Central Government Challenging Agnipath Scheme

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    DELHI: Yesterday, Delhi High Court seeks a response from the Central Government challenging Agnipath Scheme and enrolment as per the previous recruitment scheme in defense services. A number of PILs have been submitted before the Hon’ble Court.

    A dual bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad gave four weeks time to the Centre for filing a reply through a plea. The court rejected to pass any interim order in the matter and said that it will be hearing the matter finally.

    The next date of hearing is on 19 October.

    The Court also directed the Centre to file a detailed response in individual cases as well as the number of pleas pertaining to issues concerning advertisement for recruitment for posts of the soldier, airmen, sailors, etc,

    A PIL has been filed seeking to resume all recruitment processes (of the years 2020 and 2021) canceled due to the Agnipath Scheme and to conduct Written examinations in all pending centers. The plea was moved by one of a candidate who had applied for the post of Soldier General Duty in Army Recruitment Rally at Sirsa from July 30, 2020, to August 8, 2020.

    Another plea has been moved by various candidates shortlisted as Airmen in the Indian Air Force seeking issuance of enrolment list and completion of previous recruitment as per a 2019 notification, without being affected by the new Agnipath recruitment scheme for armed forces.

    Filed through Advocate Prashant Bhushan, the plea has been moved by 20 candidates awaiting their enrollment as Airmen in Indian Air Force in Group “X” trades (except education instructor trade) and Group “Y” trades (except automobile technician, Indian Air Force (Security), Indian Air Force (Police), musician trades).

    The plea seeks a direction from the Centre to publish the enrollment list in terms of the 2019 notification and consequently issue appointment letters to the petitioners. It also seeks a direction that the 2019 notification shall remain unaffected by the Agnipath Scheme.

    Another petition has been filed challenging the Indian Navy’s recruitment process and shortlisting criteria of persons below officer rank.

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