Delhi High Court has granted relief to a Petitioner to apply for Judge Advocate General (JAG) exam by rounding off his marks to meet the eligibility criterion for applying was 55% marks in a recognised degree in law.
In Ajay Singh v. Union of India, the Petitioner wanted the court to issue directions to the Central Government to allow him to be called for an interview for JAG.
The order was passed by a Division Bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Talwant Singh in a petition by the aspirant, Ajay Singh.
Quoting from the Supreme Court’s decision in State of U.P v. Pawan Kumar Tiwari in which rounding off 46.5% to 47% to accommodate a person in the Civil Judge (Junior Division) in the Uttar Pradesh Judicial Service was accepted, the Court noted in the order,
“ … The rule of rounding off based on logic and common sense is: if a part is one half or more, its value shall be increased to one and if a part is less than half then its value shall be ignored. 46.50 should have been rounded off to 47 and not to 46 as has been done.”
The Court further said that within a period of four weeks, the Central Government would either open an online portal to enable the petitioner to fill up the form.