Tamil Nadu : Future Judges with past criminal Records?

15 names for judge posts withheld


     Chennai:The names of 15 of the 185 candidates provisionally selected for appointment as judicial magistrate/district munsif have been withheld by the state government since criminal cases are pending against them.

    A September 10 government order contains 185 serial numbers but only 170 names. The numbers of the 15 candidates facing criminal cases have the ‘X’ mark printed by the side.

    The decision to leave out these candidates followed a consultation with the higher judiciary, officials said. “Since they could not clear the mandatory police and intelligence verification, the GO contained the ‘X’ mark against their names,” said an official.

    With 184 civil judge (junior division) posts, lowest rung in the judicial ladder, lying vacant, the high court in association with the TNPSC notified 185 vacancies for appointment through written examinations and viva voce. More than 8,000 law graduates and practising lawyers appeared on March 23 and 24.

    After the court authorities short-listed 560 successful candidates, they sent it to the government to finalise the selection list by applying the rule of reservation and other such criteria. The present list is the provisionally selected candidates.

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