Delhi HC Refuses to Stay Agnipath Scheme, Asks Union Govt to File Reply

A batch of petitions had been filed challenging the scheme for recruitment in the defence forces in which only 25% of those inducted will be retained after four years.

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New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Thursday, August 25, refused to stay the Agnipath scheme for recruitment in the armed forces and asked the Union government to file a reply on a batch of petitions challenging it.

A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad asked the Union government to file a consolidated reply on petitions challenging the scheme.

The Agnipath scheme announced on June 14 provides for recruitment of youths in the defence forces between the age of 17-and-a-half and 21 for only four years with a provision to retain only 25% of them for 15 more years.

Protests had erupted in several states soon after the scheme was announced last month.

Later, the government extended the upper age limit to 23 years for recruitment under the scheme in 2022.