The division bench which involves the acting chief justice NV Ramana and Justice Villas V Afzulpukar was dealing with two separate public interest petitions which was first filed by TDP Rajya Sabha member Y.Satyanarayana Chowdary and the other one by Telugu Bhashodyama Samakhya and two others.
The petition sought continuation of existing examination pattern for Civil Services and granting candidates the choice of writing the exam in any one language as per the Schedule 8 of the Constitution.
After ordering the issuance of the notices to the authorities of Central Govt and UPSC for filing counters on the petitions, the hearing was adjourned to next week. However, the petitioners requested the court to declare the UPSC notification as illegal which was released on March 5, 2013.
They strongly expressed their views that the UPSC had an exam pattern till 2012, which gave candidates the opportunity to answer papers except English comprehension and English precis, in any of the language mentioned in the Constitution.
However, the court is to have their second hearing in the next week. The officials of Central Government as well as UPSC are to appear to challenge their restriction over the languages used in examinations.