On July 15, the Supreme Court will hear a plea contesting the Agnipath recruitment scheme for defence forces.
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna will hear the plea. The top court received several petitions challenging the Agnipath defence force recruitment program.
The Central government has also submitted a caveat application to the Supreme Court, pleading with it to hear the government in the petitions there that challenge the Agnipath defence force scheme. A litigant files a caveat application to make sure that no adverse order is rendered against him or her without being heared.
Advocate Harsh Ajay Singh has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) asking the Centre to reconsider its Agnipath recruitment scheme for the armed forces. According to the petition, the announcement of the scheme sparked nationwide protests in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, and other states due to the scheme’s four-year duration in the Indian Army and the future uncertainties of the trained ‘Agniveers ‘.
Advocate ML Sharma also filed a PIL, claiming that the Centre’s notification for the Agnipath scheme is “illegal and unconstitutional.”
On June 14, the Union Cabinet approved Agnipath, a recruitment scheme for Indian youth to serve in the three services of the Armed Forces, and the youth selected under this scheme will be known as Agniveers.