SC to examine plea against Army’s policy for recruitment

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine a PIL demanding the abolition of caste, region, religion based recruitment in the Army's Maratha, Jat, Dogra, Garhwal regiments on the ground that it was violative of the citizens' fundamental rights.

The SC sought the assistance of Solicitor General Rohinton Nariman to adjudicate the plea filed by Haryana-based medical practitioner I S Yadav. The PIL has sought direction to frame a national policy of recruitment that would ensure selection of every eligible Indian on merit in the Army.

Senior advocate S Balakrishnan, appearing for the petitioner, said that though the government claims the Army to be truly secular, there are regiments like the Rajput, Sikh, Gorkha, Naga, Jat, and Maratha, which is unhealthy and against the interest of the Army.

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