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Delhi High Court to hear petitions challenging Agnipath scheme on July 20

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The Delhi High Court will hear the petitions challenging the recruitment in armed forces through the Agnipath scheme on July 20, which proposes to induct youth into the Army for four years.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad passed the order on a 2021 petition, challenging the recruitment process in the Indian Navy.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta apprised the Court that similar matters challenging the Agnipath scheme were already pending before the court and suggested that they should be heard together.

As per Mehta, the issues in these petitions were interconnected and therefore, they should be taken up together. Accordingly, the Court listed the petition with other similar petitions on July 20.

One of the petitions was filed by the Airmen shortlisted in the Indian Air Force (IAF), demanding that their recruitment should be done as per the 2019 notification.

The second petition is a public interest litigation, challenging the Indian Navy’s recruitment process and shortlisting the criteria of Person Below Officer Rank (PBORs).

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