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SC seeks response of Centre, MP, MP HC over rule excluding visually-impaired candidates from appointment to judicial services


The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Central government, the State of Madhya Pradesh, and the Secretary General of the Madhya Pradesh High Court over a rule in the State, which completely excluded the visually impaired and no-vision candidates from seeking appointment to judicial services.

Taking suo motu cognisance of a letter written to Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, the Apex Court converted the same into a petition under Article 32 of the Constitution titled 'In Re: Recruitment of Visually Impaired in Judicial Services' and appointed Senior Advocate Gaurav Agarwal as Amicus Curiae to assist the Court in the matter.

The Bench observed that the MP Judicial Services Examination (Recruitment and Conditions of Services) Rule 1994 has been amended as a consequence of which, R 6A completely excluded visually impaired and no-vision candidates from seeking appointment to judicial service.

Earlier in 2021, the Apex Court in the case Vikash Kumar vs Union Public Service Commission, had overruled an earlier precedent, which excluded candidates with more than 50 percent visual or hearing disability from judicial service.