Initially, the bench asked the petitioner Mamta Sharma whether she had given a copy of the petition to the lawyer representing the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
When the petitioner stated that she would provide a copy of the petition to the parties, the bench said, “You do it. We will get it on Monday (May 31).”
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“We allow the counsel for the petitioner to give advance copy of the petition to the Central Agency, CBSE counsel and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination,” the bench said. ) “.
In the petition, the Center, CBSE and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination have been made defendants in this case.
During the hearing through video conferencing, Justice Maheshwari said that CBSE may take a decision on the issue on June 1.
Counsel representing the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination told the bench that since the apex court is hearing the case, the High Courts should not consider it.
“Nothing will happen till Monday,” the bench said.
When the petitioner told the bench that the apex court could take suo motu cognizance of the issue, the bench said, “Be optimistic. There can be some solution by Monday. Let us take it on Monday.”
The petition sought to direct the Center, CBSE and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination to cancel the Class 12 exams and devise an “objective method” to declare the results within a specific time frame.
The petition argued that due to unprecedented health emergency and increase in COVID-19 cases in the country, it is not possible to conduct the examination and further delays would cause irreparable damage to the future of the students.
CBSE has previously said that it has not yet taken a decision on the Class 12 board exam, even as a section of students and parents are demanding cancellation of the examination in view of the epidemic situation.
The board had on 14 April announced the cancellation of Class 10 examination and postponement of Class 12 examination in view of the increase in coronovirus cases.
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