Centre files caveat in SC on pleas against Agnipath

The Central government on Tuesday filed a caveat application in the Supreme Court urging it to hear the government in the petitions filed before it challenging the ‘Agnipath’ recruitment scheme for defence forces.

A Caveat application is filed by a litigant to ensure that no adverse order is passed against him or her without being heard. Advocate ML Sharma on Monday filed the PIL seeking quashing of the Centre’s notification for the Agnipath Scheme saying that the scheme was “illegal and unconstitutional”.

“Quash the notification/ press note dated June 14, issued by the Defense Ministry being illegal, unconstitutional and void ab-initio and ultra vires to the Constitution of India in the interest of justice,” the PIL stated

Advocate Harsh Ajay Singh also filed a PIL seeking directions to the Centre to reconsider its Agnipath recruitment scheme for armed forces. The plea said, “announcement of the scheme has caused nation-wide protest in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and various other states due to the short-term duration of the scheme in the Indian Army for four years coupled with future uncertainties of the trained ‘Agniveers’.”

The advocate also sought a stay on the implementation of the scheme from June 24, 2022. Earlier on Saturday, advocate Vishal Tiwari had filed PIL for direction to set up an SIT to conduct an inquiry into the violent protest that erupted against the Agnipath Scheme and to investigate the damage caused to the public property including Railways.