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Supreme Court dismisses pleas challenging CBSE’s decision to reconduct class 12 Economics exam

A view of the CBSE headquarters in New Delhi.

A view of the CBSE headquarters in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: PTI

It is the discretion of the board to reconduct the exam and it can’t be challenged in court, it says.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed five petitions challenging the decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to reconduct the class 12 Economics examination after an alleged leak of the paper.

The court said it was the discretion of the CBSE to reconduct the exam and can’t be challenged in court.

A Bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao asked the students who had challenged the CBSE’s decision to appear in the examination if conducted.

Several petitions were filed before the apex court after the CBSE said on March 28 that the class 10 Maths and Class 12 Economics paper had been leaked.

The CBSE said on Tuesday that it found after an assessment there was no impact of the alleged leak of the class 10 Maths paper and no re-examination would be held.

Petitioners seek CBI probe

Besides challenging the CBSE’s decision, the petitioners also wanted a CBI probe into the alleged papers leak, saying several incidents were reported from various States and the Delhi Police was not competent to hold a nationwide probe.

One of the petitioners, 15-year-old Rohan Mathew, also sought a direction to the CBSE to declare the results on the basis of the examinations already conducted.

On March 30, the CBSE announced that it would reconduct the class 12 Economics exam throughout the country on April 25.

Mr. Mathew and two others moved the court seeking the quashing of the CBSE’s decision to reconduct the Class 10 Maths exam on several grounds, including violation of their fundamental rights.

Earlier, another plea was filed in the court by Reepak Kansal, a resident of Shakarpur in New Delhi, challenging the CBSE's decision to cancel and reconduct the two papers.

“It is to be noted that this year, 16,38,428 students are appearing for the class 10 and 11,86,306 students for class 12 in the CBSE examinations. And therefore, to penalise the student community for an incident which is under investigation and without completion of that investigation/enquiry and issuing a notice on March 28, 2018 (for re-exams), affects the fundamental rights of students which is arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional,” the plea said.

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