Rajasthan High Court orders postponement of District Judge cadre exam due to Prime Minister visit

Rajasthan High Court orders postponement of District Judge cadre exam due to Prime Minister visit

Shruti Mahajan

Taking it account the difficulties that candidates might face in reaching the exam centre owing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Jaipur visit, the Rajasthan High Court has passed an order deferring the Rajasthan District Judge cadre exams.

The exam which was scheduled to be held on July 7 has been deferred for a few days.

Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma passed this order today in a writ petition filed by certain candidates who are appearing for the exam.

The exam which is held for direct recruitment in the District Judge Cadre, 2017 was set to be conducted at SS Jain Subodh (PG) College, Rambagh Circle in Jaipur between 3 pm and 6 pm on July 7. This date clashes with the Prime Minister’s visit to Jaipur.

The petitioners, represented by advocate Amit Ratnawat, told the Court that one of the locations for parking facilities for Prime Minister’s visit as notified in the newspapers also included Subodh College, the venue for the exam. Additionally, traffic diversions were also put in place owing to the Prime Minister’s visit.

The petitioners submitted that on account of the PM’s visit and in light of traffic diversions due to the same, candidates would be unable to reach the exam centre on time.

Advocate General GS Gill and Additional Advocate General Rajendra Prasad, representing the respondents, along with the ACP Traffic informed the Court that parking provisions for candidates appearing in the exam were considered and relevant arrangements were, in fact, made. A communication in this regard was also sent to the Registrar, Examination, Rajasthan High Court.

The Court, however, was of the opinion that the candidates appearing for the exam face a genuine concern of being unable to reach the exam centre on time considering that the location of the exam centre falls en route the stadium where the Prime Minister’s rally is scheduled to be held.

Moreover, the Court also said that an examination of this nature and level needs to be conducted in a peaceful environment and traffic congestion et al could affect the performance of the candidates and defeat the purpose of the exam.

In the light of these observations, the Court directed the Registrar, Examination, Rajasthan High Court to postpone the exam from July 7 to another appropriate date which may be notified later.

The next date should be decided after consultation with the State Government to prevent such a situation from arising again.

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