The Supreme Court gave relief to candidates whose candidature was rejected due to non-production of original certificates during interview.

This legal case involves candidates Sweety Kumari, Vikramaditya Mishra, and Aditi, who applied for the Bihar Judicial Service Competitive Examination. Their candidatures were rejected due to issues related to character certificates and original document submission during interviews. Sweety Kumari and Vikramaditya Mishra secured high marks but were disqualified for not submitting original character certificates. Aditi faced a similar issue regarding her law degree certificate.

The High Court upheld the rejection of Sweety Kumari and Vikramaditya Mishra’s candidatures based on a previous case, but Aditi’s case was different as there were no vacancies in her category. Aarav Jain’s case was also referenced. The Supreme Court found that non-production of originals at the interview stage was not sufficient to reject candidates, as they possessed the required qualifications on the application date.

The court granted relief to Sweety Kumari and Vikramaditya Mishra, who secured high marks, and directed the state to accommodate them. For Aditi, the court ordered the adjustment of a vacancy in her category. The court emphasized that similarly situated candidates should seek relief within a reasonable time. The High Court’s judgments were set aside in this regard.

SWEETY KUMARI …APPELLANT(S)
VERSUS
THE STATE OF BIHAR AND OTHERS …RESPONDENTS
decided by the Supreme Court on Sept.22, 2023.

By aor.sanjivnarang@gmail.com

Sanjiv Narang Adv. is an Advocate on Record in the Supreme Court of India. His qualifications include an LLB from University of Delhi and a Masters degree in Personnel Management from Panjab University,Chandigarh.In his more than 3 decades of experience, he has practiced law at the District, High Court and Supreme Court levels.He also has more than a decade of experience in the field of Management. He is the author of two books namely Laws for Women in India and Innovation, Why What and How.