UPSC Exams: Supreme Court Asks Disabled Candidate Seeking Same Attempts As SC/ST Candidates To Approach HC

By – Rakshita Jain

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants or candidates whose last attempt to crack exam during Covid 19 for one more chance in 2021.

A writ petition has been filed in the Supreme Court for the disabled candidates seeking equal relaxation to candidates belonging to the disabled with  SC/ST category in upcoming UPSC exam notification related to a number of attempts. Later, the case was called for hearing, and the bench of Justice L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai told the counsel of petitioners to approach the Delhi High Court.

Further many questions were raised such as “Why have you come here? Why don’t you go to the HC? You think that can’t be done by the HC? Why should we entertain the petition here? Also told to withdraw it and go to the Delhi High Court”, mentioned the bench while denied entertaining the writ petition. The bench also order that “Learned Counsel for the petition lookout permission to withdraw this filed cases under Article 32 of the Constitution to reach the High Court for redressal of his unjust under Article 22y of the Constitution. Accordingly, the writ petition has been dismissed as withdrawn with aforesaid independently. “

The writ was favored by Devendra Sharma who appeared in the Civil Services Examination 2018 under the restrained disabled category of PH-3 Or hearing impairment. In the petition, it was argued that discrepancy category in relaxation given to SC/ST candidate and PwD candidate lead to violation and discrimination of right to equality. The petition included that UPSC and the Respondent DOPT  both have fewer and apportioned attempts only nine for the candidates from SC/ST category. So, the similar in violation of Article 14, 1y and 21 of the Constitution of India”.

The Delhi High Court questions the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to give information on the number of vaccines and reservations given according to the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act for Civil Services Exam (CSE) 2020.

Chief Justice D. N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh, a bench gave the way while listening to two petitions that alleged the seats for the visually-impaired and multiple disabilities who have not been reserved in accordance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act of 2016.

The DoPT was asked to submit an additional affidavit before August 2,the next date if hearing the case by the High Court.