December 24, 2018:
On Monday, the Delhi High Court has extended the deadline to apply for the Delhi Judicial Service Examination 2018 till Dec 24 night.
Bench comprising of Justice Vipin Sanghi & Justice A K Chawla said once the schedule for filling the online application form and last date had been declared as Dec 22, the same could not have been brought to Dec 12 by the high court authorities.
The court’s order came while hearing two petitions filed by 12 aspirants.
The bench said, “With a view to obviate any further litigation on account of the change of schedule, we are of the considered view that the last date for filling of online application forms should be extended to Dec 24 (11 pm) so that all such aspirants, who may not have been able to apply online after December 12, are able to do so.”
Advocate Siddhartha Shankar Ray, who represented the aspirants in one of the petitions, said the preponed date did no come to their knowledge because they were busy preparing for the post of lower judicial officers of other states like Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand & Haryana.
The petitioners challenged advancing of the original deadline of Dec 22 to fill in the application form and make the due payment, to Dec 12.
Advocate Viraj R Datar, representing the Delhi High Court, said the reason for pre-ponement of the schedule for submitting the online application forms and for holding of the examination has been done since the matter is pending before the Supreme Court which has expressed that the vacancies be filled at the earliest.
Following the court’s order, a notice was uploaded on the high court website by the registrar general stating that the online portal for filling up applications will be made live till Dec 24, 11 pm.
The Delhi High Court had recently invited online applications for the Delhi Judicial Service Examination 2018.
As per the Nov 13 notification, the last date for filing online applications for the Examination was Dec 22.
Subsequently, the date was preponed to Dec 12 through a notification of Nov 19. The date of conducting the Preliminary Examination was also preponed to Jan 13 from Feb 10, 2019.
The pre-ponement of examination date was, however, not challenged.