[dropcap]A[/dropcap] bench consisting of Justices Kurian Joseph and Sanjay Kishan Kaul of the Supreme Court has today permitted a total of 208 candidates to participate in the main examination for the post of the Madhya Pradesh Additional District Judge. Grievance of the candidates was that they had qualified the preliminary examination, but was debarred from appearing in the main examination on the ground that their applications did not reach the High Court on or before August 25, 2018.
Petitioners and intervenors before the Court contended that they all had dispatched their applications on or before August 21, 2018 by Speed Post/Registered Post/Courier. However, for some reasons it appeared that the actual delivery of the application forms in the High Court was made beyond August 25, 2018.
Apex Court while granting a relief to those 208 candidates observed-
“we are of the view that it is only in the interest of justice that the 208 candidates, who have now been debarred from participating in main examination, are permitted to participate in the main examination provisionally, subject to their production of evidence before the Registrar (Judicial) of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur, between 2.00 P.M. to 4.00 P.M. tomorrow i.e. on 21/09/2018, of a valid proof of having dispatched their applications either by Speed Post/Registered Post/Courier on or before 21.08.2018. Ordered accordingly”.
Court has also directed the Registrar General of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur to publish a copy of order on the website of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh today itself.
Lastly, the Court directed the Post Master General concerned to conduct an inquiry as to what was the reason for undue delay in delivering the postal articles in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur and submit a report to the Apex Court, within a month from today.