Mangaluru: With the Karnataka High Court granting special permission, a candidate who was eight and a half months pregnant wrote the Civil Judge mains exams in Mangaluru instead of the exam centre in Bengaluru on Saturday and Sunday.

The candidate, advocate Nethravathi, is writing the two-day exam in a building on the city court complex. The exam is being held in Bengaluru, but as Nethravathi was unable to travel to the state capital, she had appealed for special permission from the High Court to answer the exam in Mangaluru itself.

The High Court Committee for Direct Recruitment of Civil Judges, after considering her application, granted Nethravathi permission to answer the exam in Mangaluru, with Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale too approving the Committee decision. In addition, the Chief Justice as well as the HC Committee had directed the Registrar to depute a lady judicial officer to conduct the exam for the single candidate in Mangaluru.

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New Delhi, Dec 11: India has described as "fake" and "completely fabricated" a media report claiming that a "secret memo" was issued by New Delhi in April to take "concrete" measures against certain Sikh separatists, including Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Sunday that the report is part of a "sustained disinformation campaign" against India and the outlet that published it is known for propagating "fake narratives" peddled by Pakistani intelligence.

The report was published by online American media outlet "The Intercept".

"We strongly assert that such reports are fake and completely fabricated. There is no such memo," Bagchi said.

"This is part of a sustained disinformation campaign against India. The outlet in question is known for propagating fake narratives peddled by Pakistani intelligence. The posts of the authors confirm this linkage," he added.

"Those who amplify such fake news do so only at the cost of their own credibility," Bagchi said, responding to media queries on the report.

In September, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau levelled the allegation of "potential" involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani extremist Nijjar on Canadian soil on June 18.

India strongly dismissed the charges, terming them "absurd".

"The Intercept", in its report, claimed that the Indian government issued instructions on a "crackdown scheme" against certain Sikh entities in western countries.

It further claimed that the secret memorandum issued by the MEA in April lists several "Sikh dissidents under investigation by India's intelligence agencies, including the Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar".