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District Judges’ aspirants in dilemma as redundant Acts, Laws continue to be in syllabus
Repealed Jammu & Kashmir constitution forms a part of syllabus for examination
1/10/2020 11:19:54 PM
Jehangir Rashid

SRINAGAR, Jan 10: The Constitution of Jammu & Kashmir has been declared null and void following the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A in August last year, but the same forms a part of the syllabus framed for a prestigious judicial examination in the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
The Constitution of Jammu & Kashmir is part of the syllabus for the examination to be conducted for the posts of District Judges in the various districts of Jammu & Kashmir. The laws that have become redundant due to the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A along with the conversion of Jammu & Kashmir into union territory from state are also part of the syllabus.
A group of aspirants told Early Times that by virtue of Jammu & Kashmir Reorganization Act more than 70 percent of syllabus for the examination no more exists since the important Acts and laws have been repealed. The aspirants said that the syllabus and other criteria for the examination have remained unchanged since it was advertised first time in 2018.
On November 5, 2018 the Office of Registrar General of High Court invited applications from eligible advocates for the posts in the cadre of District Judges in the grade of Rs. 51,550-1,230-58,930-1,380-63,070 by direct recruitment. Seven posts were advertised by virtue of this advertisement notification and the last date for submission of applications was November 30, 2018.
The written examination was scheduled for September 14 and September 15 last year, but the same could not be held since the situation was not conducive with Kashmir valley witnessing shutdown, restrictions and communication blockade. The High Court has on December 16, 2019 issued notification number 969 according to which the examination has been scheduled for February 1 and 2, 2020.
“As the examination was deferred after the abrogation of Article 370 of Constitution of India we thought that same has been done for the reason that the syllabus has to be changed for the examination. Majority of the candidates focused on the central laws and acts while ignoring the local laws but the same has been rendered as useless since no change of syllabus has taken place,” said the aspirants.
The aspirants said that they are in dilemma right now and they don’t know whether to study the Central Laws and Acts or the Laws and Acts that have become redundant and have been repealed due to the abrogation of Article 370 and losing of statehood of Jammu & Kashmir. They said the examining authority should look into the matter and do the needful at the earliest.
“Due to the suspension of internet in Jammu & Kashmir for the last five and half months we have not been able to go through the online study material available on the different websites. We also need to get updated with the latest legal developments, but the same is impossible due to the internet gag in the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir,” said the aspirants.
The aspirants said that since competitive examinations are held in April-May holding of examination in the judicial services in February is somewhat illogical and out of context. They urged Lieutenant Governor Girish Chander Murmu and Chief Justice Jammu & Kashmir High Court, Gita Mittal to intervene personally and defer the examination to April this year along with the changes in the syllabus for the same.
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