The Supreme Court has allowed women to take the National Defence Academy (NDA) exam scheduled for September 5 and has also slammed the Indian Army for the decisions that are based on "gender discrimination".This interim order was passed on Wednesday.
A Bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Hrishikesh Roy ordered that female candidate can sit for the NDA exam on September 5 but the admissions will be subject to the final decision on the petition.
The petition was filed in light of the directions issued by the top court on the extension of Permanent Commission to Short Service Commissioned women officers of the Indian Army.
"It's a policy decision which is based on gender discrimination. We direct the Centre and Army to take a constructive view of the matter...," the Bench said expressing displeasure on "regressive mindset". The Bench posted the matter for hearing on September 8 and instructed the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to advertise the court's order widely.