Correspondent

CUTTACK: With just a week left for the commencement of the matriculation examination, the fate of eight-year-old Millennium Bismay - whether he would be allowed to sit for the exam or not - would be known on Thursday.

The High Court completed the marathon hearing in the boy's case on Wednesday.

A Division Bench, comprising Justices P.K. Tripathy and R.N. Biswal, was adjudicating over a writ filed by the boy's uncle seeking a direction to the State Government to allow the boy to sit for the examination after condoning his age.

Past instances

Bismay's uncle Niranjan Behera moved the court in December last after the government refused to allow the boy to sit for the examination.

Concluding his argument for the petitioner, senior advocate Ashok Mohapatra told the Bench that the government failed to apply its mind while rejecting the boy's appeal. The boy was denied the Right to Equality as several other students below 14 years were earlier allowed by the government to sit for the examination after condoning their age," Mr. Mohapatra pointed out. The counsel for the petitioner also stated that the BSE, after conducting a "potential test" on the boy in November last, intimated to the government that the boy had secured 62 per cent in subject proficiency. But the government rejected his application without giving any valid reason, Mr. Mohapatra said.