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High court seeks govt reply on plea claiming Delhi Judicial Service exam had incorrect questions

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court sought a response from the city government on a law graduate’s plea alleging that some questions in recently-held Delhi Judicial Service (DJS) Preliminary Examination 2014 were incorrect. 

A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Vipin Sanghi also issued a notice to the high court registrar seeking its reply on the plea by August 20. 

The bench also perused the question paper of the test held on June 1 this year and said the correctness of some questions appeared to be doubtful. 

It also sought a response from the high court registrar on how the issue of incorrect questions can be resolved. 

The court passed the order on the plea of law graduate Salil Maheshwari, represented by advocate R K Kapoor, who has contended that 11 of the 200 multiple choice questions in the preliminary examination were incorrect or had wrong answers/options. 

In the petition, the candidate has contended he had sent a representation on June 17 to the joint registrar (vigilance), high court of Delhi, regarding the incorrect questions after the answer key was put up on the high court’s website. 

Only one objection raised by the petitioner was accepted by the high court registrar, while four were termed plausible, the petition said, adding that when the results were declared Salil missed the cut-off by mere two marks. 

Maheshwari has alleged a majority of the objections raised by him were rejected arbitrarily and has sought that the “questions as objected to by the petitioner are liable to be rectified and the objectionable questions ought to be deleted”. 

He has claimed “if appropriate rectification is done, he would be through for the main examination”.

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