New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Chhattisgarh High Court registry on a PIL alleging manipulations and irregularities in the conduct of civil judges exam-2008 to favour candidates related to certain judges, bureaucrats and politicians.

A bench of Justices R M Lodha and H L Gokhale issued the direction after counsel Prashant Bhushan appearing for Centre for Public Interest Litigation(CPIL) submitted that no action has been taken on the allegations even though the matter was brought to the notice of the then Chief Justice of India in 2008.

"The entire selection process of the exam is vitiated by favouritism and malafide, as candidates are close relatives of the senior judges and bureaucrats.

"The intelligent and suitable candidates have been sidelined to favour certain candidates related to senior judges and bureaucrats. The close scrutiny of the answer sheets of the successful candidates related to the judges, law secretary etc. indicates that the answer sheets of these candidates has been manipulated to give unfair advantage to them," the petition said.

The petition alleged that a number of relatives and associates of sitting judges, bureaucrats and politicians have been selected by employing fraudulent means such as manipulations of answer sheets and serious irregularities in the evaluation of answer sheets etc.