The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought the response of the Andhra Pradesh (AP) government in a petition challenging the precondition of three years of practice as an advocate to be eligible to write Civil Judge exam in the State.
A vacation Bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Aniruddha Bose issued notice to the State government but refused to stay Rule 5(2)(a)(i) of the Andhra Pradesh State Judicial Service Rules of 2007 which lays down the above condition.
The petition filed by Regalagadda Venkatesh also sought quashing of a notification of December 2020 inviting application for appointment of Civil Judge junior division in AP.
The Court asked the petitioner what the urgency was which prompted the petitioner to approach the vacation Bench of Supreme Court. The petitioner’s counsel said that the last date for filing online application is January 2 and the petitioner should be allowed to do so.
“Where should I go? The last date on January 2nd, I may be permitted to submit the online application,” the counsel said.
The Court however declined to pass any interim order while issuing notice.
“The petitioner has challenged a notification of 2020 inviting application for appointment of civil judge junior division in AP State Judicial Services. Question is on eligibility requirement of 3 years as a practicing advocate. 2007 rules are under challenge in this plea.
There can be no kind of urgency to entertain this petition in vacations. Let the plea be listed for hearing on the date of reopening. Notice be issued in the meanwhile,” the Court ordered.
The case will be heard next on January 5, 2021.