SC dismisses PIL seeking cancellation of Board Exams beginning April 26
New Delhi, Feb. 23 (Delhi Crown): The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking cancellation of offline Board Examinations, Term-2, for Classes 10th and 12th to be conducted by all State Boards, CBSE and ICSE, beginning April 26.
A 3-judge bench comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and C.T. Ravikumar dismissed the PIL observing that it was “ill-advised and premature”.
The bench said that the PIL was “ill-conceived”, and added that the aggrieved students could challenge the decision of the authorities regarding exams if they were against the relevant rules.
“If the decisions of authorities are not in accordance with rules & the Act, it will be open to aggrieved persons to set challenge in that regard,” the SC bench added in its order.
Petitioner’s Advocate argued before the SC bench that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had conducted the first term exams in offline mode in December 2021 in MCQ mode & results were not published yet. He added that most state boards had also not published the results yet.
The SC bench said that the interference last year was due to the particular situation of pandemic then. Expressing disinclination to entertain the petition, Justice Khanwilkar said, “such petitions give false hopes to students. Entertaining such petitions is only increasing confusion in system. What kind of petitions are being filed? Let authorities take decisions. Let authorities take a decision. You can challenge that order.”