The Supreme Court will hear appeals regarding the Agnipath recruiting scheme on Tuesday. The top court's bench, which is made up of justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna, will hear a number of petitions against the Agnipath scheme's short-term military recruiting.
In a petition filed on behalf of Harsh Ajay Singh, attorney Kumud Lata had requested an immediate hearing on July 4. The Agnipath proposal had been contested by ML Sharma, another petitioner.
Prior to the registration of the first batch of "Agniveers," the Centre had submitted a caveat to the Supreme Court, urging the bench to first hear cases against the defence hiring plan.
The Agnipath programme, which will enlist young people between the ages of 17.5 and 21 for a four-year term in the armed forces, was unveiled by the Center on June 14. The "Agniveers" will have the option to voluntarily apply for regular cadre after the period is over. After a second round of screening, up to 25% of "Agniveers" will be chosen from that batch based on merit and organisational requirements.