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"Hear us before making any decision": Centre tells Supreme Court on Agnipath

Hear us before making any decision: Centre tells Supreme Court on Agnipath

New Delhi: The BJP-led Centre took to the Supreme Court on Tuesday against the pleas challenging the newly introduced Agnipath scheme for recruitment in the Indian Armed Forces. According to NDTV, the Centre's plea urges the top court to "hear its side before taking any decision".

So far, three petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court against the 'Agnipath' scheme- the centre's short-term recruitment plan for the armed forces. The caveat, however, does not mention any plea in particular.

Advocate Harsh Ajay Singh on Monday filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking issuance of directions to the centre to reconsider its "Agnipath" recruitment scheme. The petition also mentioned that the announcement of the scheme has caused protests in several parts of the country.

Earlier, two separate petitions were filed by lawyers ML Sharma and Vishal Tiwari respectively against the plan.

The plea filed by advocate ML Sharma sought quashing of the Centre's notification for the Agnipath scheme.

"Quash the notification/ press note dated June 14, 2022, 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.

On Saturday, lawyer Vishal Tiwari filed PIL for a direction to set 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.

Meanwhile, the Bharat Bandh called against the Agnipath defence recruitment scheme partially hit road and rail traffic on Monday, while protests appeared to taper off in many states, with authorities stepping up security and imposing curbs after days of unrest. The Railways cancelled 587 trains on Monday while 10 others were affected,with operations again disrupted by protests.The worst-affected zone was the East Central Railway, which is headquartered at Hajipur, as around 350 trains remain cancelled.

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