ICAI lawyer Ramji Srinivasan told the bench comprising Justices AM Khanvilkar, Hrishikesh Roy and Citi Ravikumar that “candidates who are dropped from the July exams will not miss the opportunity”.
After hearing an application seeking guidance from ICAI to conduct backup tests for CA candidates who were selected in July 2021 due to covid-related difficulties, the apex court asked the applicants to make a representation to the Institute on the matter. Srinivasan assured the court that a proper decision on the representation would be taken within two weeks.
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“In July, we said that candidates who have opted for court leave will have their backup test in November 2021 with the main cycle of the cycle. It will not be considered as an effort and they will not lose any benefits. They will get the same old syllabus. “He said.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioners, submitted that as per the June 30 order of the Supreme Court, ICAI was compelled to take backup test for CA candidates who dropped out of the July cycle test due to COVID-19. Related difficulties.
“However, ICAI has now said that the dropped students can take the next regular cycle test which will be held in November this year, which means that the students will lose an effort that they had,” Bhushan claims.
“They (ICAI) should be instructed that you take a backup test instead of attending the regular test cycle,” he said.
Srinivasan, however, assured that those who were removed would not miss the opportunity.
The Supreme Court in its June0 order said that if a candidate has suffered from Covid-1 in the recent past and his / her family member has suffered from Covid-1 in the past and the test is attested by the registrant, he / she can exercise the option to opt out. Physician.
The ICAI submitted that it was decided to take a backup test with a regular cycle because a separate test was held last year which created logistical problems, Srinivasan said.
The bench said that it was not disturbing the examination cycle for the time being and ICAI could take appropriate decision on the representation filed by the applicants. It then asked the applicants to be represented at ICAI.
Justice Khanwilkar told Bhushan, “You make a representation. They will also consider the issue of seniority. Maybe they will give you a better option.”
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