NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday transferred several petitions challenging government’s Agnipath scheme to the Delhi high court.
The top court bunched the pending PILs against the recently introduced scheme and sent it to the Delhi high court for an early decision.
“We must have a considered view of a high court. The HC jurisdiction under Article 226 of Constitution must not lose significance,” SC said in its hearing.
After transferring the three PILs pending before the top court challenging the Agnipath scheme to Delhi HC, the court said the other high courts where many PILs are pending would give an option to petitioners to either get their PILs transferred to Delhi high court or move the high court as an intervener.
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and AS Bopanna also said that if any PIL is filed in future challenging Agnipath scheme, then they would also be given the same option by the concerned high courts.
The Agnipath scheme, announced on June 14, provides for the recruitment of youth between the age of 17-and-a-half and 21 years for only four years with a provision to retain 25 per cent of them for 15 more years. Protests had erupted in several states against the scheme.
Later, the government extended the upper age limit to 23 years for recruitment this year.