The petitions filed in the case of damage to public property during protests against the Centre's Agneepath scheme have been listed before the Chief Justice. This information was given by the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Under the Agneepath scheme announced on June 14, youth in the age group of 17-and-a-half years to 21 years will be recruited for four years. Of this, 25 per cent will be kept in the army for an additional 15 years. Protests started in various states of the country against the scheme, after which the Center raised the maximum age limit for recruitment to 23 years. Advocate Vishal Tiwari sought urgent hearing on his petition from the vacation bench of Justices CT Ravikumar and Sudhanshu Dhulia. After this the bench said, 'This matter will be placed before the CJI.' The PIL has demanded that the Central, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Haryana and Rajasthan governments be directed to submit status reports regarding the violent protests.
Apart from this, the petition has also sought a direction to constitute an expert committee under the chairmanship of a retired judge. Along with this, he has been asked to investigate the impact of these violent protests on national and military security. Another PIL was filed by Advocate ML Sharma. He accused the government of scrapping the age-old army's selection process and said it was contrary to constitutional provisions without parliamentary approval. The train was set on fire at many places and there was extensive damage to the property of Indian Railways. In the light of these incidents, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav has said that the government will work towards further strengthening the Railway Act to protect railway property.