Bench directs State to distribute books before August 10

The Supreme Court while reserving verdict on Thursday on the validity of the Uniform System of School Education has extended till August 10 the time limit for distribution of textbooks printed under the USSE to enable teachers to commence classes.

A three-judge Bench of Justice J.M. Panchal, Justice Deepak Verma and Justice B.S. Chauhan, hearing the State's appeal against the Madras High Court judgment quashing the amendment Act, reserved verdict at the conclusion of a six-day hearing from Senior counsel P.P. Rao, appearing for Tamil Nadu, senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan and Senior counsel Aryama Sundaram for schools and senior counsel T.R. Andhyarujina, senior counsel, M.N. Krishnamani and senior counsel R. Viduthalai, appearing for students and parents.