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The Supreme Court said that any change in the cutoff after the completion of the examination process is arbitrary and cannot be accepted. The apex court also set aside the decision of the full bench of the Jharkhand High Court to increase the cutoff for selection of district judges in 2022 to 50 percent.
A bench of Justice Aniruddha Bose and Justice Sanjay Kumar said that it is the High Court’s responsibility to set the cut-off values in this review. Conditions like minimum qualification can be changed from his side. But this work must be done before the examination process begins. The High Court cannot resort to the rule of making general decisions deviating from certain selection criteria.
The Supreme Court, on a petition by Sushil Kumar Pandey and others, also directed the High Court to make recommendations for candidates who were successful in the merit or select list to fill the remaining nine vacancies. On 23 March 2023, the Full Bench of the High Court passed a proposal to amend the eligibility criteria for 22 posts under the 2022 District Judge recruitment process by increasing the cut-off to 50 per cent of the total marks (marks obtained in the main examination and oral exam).Total) was passed.