Supreme Court calls for answer sheets of Chhattisgarh Civil Judge Examinations
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) wherein an allegation of corruption and nepotism in the selection of candidates in lower judicial service, the Supreme Court directed for production of some of the answer sheets of the Chhattisgarh civil judge examinations, 2008. On the basis of information obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, allegations were made that there was a large-scale manipulation in the award of marks. The PIL sought directions for fresh examination and an independent inquiry into the allegations of large-scale corruption and irregularities such as manipulation in evaluation of answer sheets of the candidates.
Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), a NGO, had filed a PIL raising serious question mark on integrity and independence of the judicial system seeking directions for fresh examination and an independent inquiry into the allegations of large-scale corruption and irregularities. A bench of Justice R M Lodha and Justice A R Dave of the Apex Court desired to go through some of the original answer sheets. The Apex Court directed that an official, who was conversant with the examination system, to be present on the next date of hearing.