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JPSC Civil Judge Exam: HC Dismisses Plea Claiming Benefit under Sports Quota

While hearing a plea claiming benefit under sports quota for the position of Civil Judge (Junior Division), the Jharkhand High Court held that it was up to an employer to decide the qualifications for appointment to a post.[1]

The petitioner candidate was unsuccessful in the examination for the said post in the unreserved category and claimed benefit of horizontal reservation in sports quota. Opposing this, the respondent urged that such benefits could be claimed only by local residents of the State and the competition in which the petitioner took part was organised by an entity not affiliated with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

The Court decided on a similar issue in the case of Shilpa Dalmia v. Jharkhand Public Service Commission & Ors.[2] wherein benefit under sports quota was sought on the basis of certificates issued by the School Games Federation of India. It was held that the conditions laid down in the advertisement issued by the Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) were not fulfilled, as per which the candidate was required to have secured a medal in the competition organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or federation attached with it, or secured first place in the competition organised at national level by the IOA or federation attached with it, or had a world record in the competition organised at national level. Accordingly, the petitioner’s plea came to be dismissed and the same was later upheld by the Supreme Court.

In the present case, the Court cited the decision of the Supreme Court in Maharashtra Public Service Commission through its Secretary v. Sandeep Shriram Warade and Ors.[3] to point out that it was up to the employer to decide on the qualifications suitable for the role and the Court could neither prescribe such qualifications nor hold a view contrary to established conditions of eligibility.

With this, the Court rejected the petitioner’s plea and dismissed the petition.

[1] Mayank Singh Thakur @ Mayank Singh v. State of Jharkhand & Ors. [WP(S) No.1492 of 2020]

[2] WP(S) No. 1954 of 2020

[3] (2019) 6 SCC 362