A public interest litigation (PIL) petition has been filed before the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the Central government to resume all recruitment processes in the defence forces which were cancelled due to the introduction of the Agnipath scheme [Rahul v Union of India and Ors]..A division bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad heard the matter on Tuesday but listed it for further consideration on Wednesday when a batch of similar such matters will be considered..The PIL has argued that all the three defence services -- Army, Navy and Air force -- issued several advertisements, all across the country, to fill up over one lakh vacant posts for Persons Below Officer Rank (PBOR) in 2020 and 2021.The petitioners along with many other candidates, had applied for the posts and appeared in the recruitment process for physical and medical examinations. Selected candidates were issued admit cards to appear in Common Entrance Examination (CEE). However, the written examinations were deferred/ postponed by the government in view of Covid, the plea stated. This, the petitioner argued, was done arbitrarily and illegally.Subsequently, in light of the introduction of Agnipath scheme, all the pending recruitment process was cancelled. ."Shockingly, in light of a new scheme introduced by the Union of India i.e "AGNIPATH SCHEME", the Respondents arbitrarily cancelled all the pending recruitment process (of years 2020 and 2021) including conducting CEE and asked all the candidates to appear through "AGNIPATH SCHEME" afresh," the petition said. Such illegal and arbitrary cancellation of recruitment process, where the candidates have already cleared the physical and medical examination, not only caused grave shock and immense pain but also violated the fundamental rights of Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution, the petitioner contended.