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Supreme Court Upholds Eligibility Criteria for Madhya Pradesh Judicial Service Candidates

Supreme Court Dismisses Petitions Challenging Experience and Academic Requirements

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed petitions challenging regulations stipulating a minimum of three years of practice or 70 percent marks in law graduation for entry-level judicial service aspirants in Madhya Pradesh. The case, titled Garima Khare v. High Court of Madhya Pradesh and another, was heard by a Bench comprising Justices Hrishikesh Roy and Prashant Kumar Mishra, who affirmed a ruling by the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

Justice Roy remarked during the hearing, “We are not going to entertain this. It took some years of learning and experience, which is why these rules were framed. This is to ensure better judicial candidates. Their (fresh law graduates) future is not doomed.”

The Madhya Pradesh High Court, in an earlier judgment on April 1, had upheld the contested rule, prompting the appeal to the apex court. The High Court justified the rule as quality-centric, aiming to select the finest candidates as judges to serve the interests of litigants seeking justice.

Rejecting arguments against the rule’s compliance with the right to equality before the law, the High Court emphasized the need for enhanced standards in the judiciary, contrasting it with advancements in other professions.

The petitions before the High Court contested an amendment to Rule 7 of the Madhya Pradesh Judicial Service (Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1994, notified the previous year.

In its decision, the Supreme Court affirmed the High Court’s stance, stating, “Though learned counsel have advanced arguments at some length, we see no reason to interfere with the High Court’s view. The Special Leave Petition is accordingly dismissed.

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