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Supreme Court dismisses plea seeking caste-based recruitment in paramillitary forces

Supreme Court dismisses plea seeking caste-based recruitment in paramillitary forces

By Rajnish

The apex court dismissed a writ plea filed under Article 32 of the constitution of India, to alter the existing rule by which paramilitary forces are appointed.

The bench comprising of Justice Indira Banerjee and V Ramasubhramanian upheld the prevalent reservation policy in the recruitment of Paramilitary jobs.

Currently, each state recruits paramilitary forces according to their reservation policy.

The petitioners’ case was represented by the senior counsel Advocate Barun Sinha, who argued for caste-based recruitment criteria for filling up the vacancies at the national level.

“Sixty-thousand vacancies were announced and 55,000 have been filled. Petitioners have higher marks in the select list. We seek admission on remaining seats.”

Further, he argued that “this is a Central Armed Police Force recruitment process for all over India”.

Justice V Ramasubhramanian countered the argument put forth by Advocate Sinha by saying “you are comparing a student in Assam who has scored more than one in Andhra Pradesh. The notification says seats will be filled state-wise.”

Further Advocate Sinha argued that “there has to be uniformity in the union scheme” but it failed to impress the judge.

Justice Banarjee said that recruitment has to be state-wise as per the notification.

Further Justice Ramasubhramanian told the counsel that he take the matter to high court for this matter then Sinha replied it will create multiple proceedings on the same issue as similar cases are going in other high courts, to which Ramasubhramanian responded” that is our problem, not yours” and thus dismissed the petition.

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