Sunday Evening Hearing on Plea seeking cancellation of Rajasthan State Board Exams2 min read

By- Akshay Gurnani

The plea states that over 11,86,418 students would be exposed to the virus if they are allowed to appear for the exam.  A 3 judge bench of the Supreme court led by Justice AM Khanwilkar will hold an urgent hearing on Sunday evening to hear a plea against the Rajasthan government’s decision to hold state board exams for over 11 lakh Class X students from June 29 to June 30.

The plea by Maghi Devi, a resident of Bikaner and parent of an aggrieved student has moved the Court against the Division bench judgment of the Rajasthan High Court of May 29 whereby the court had allowed the state board exams stating that all central government safety rules and regulations would be followed.

The petition filed through Advocates Rishi Kapoor, Ashish Pandey and Advocate on Record Ronak Kanakpuria states that about 120 schools in the state, which would be examination centres, had been quarantine centres for the labours in transit.The plea states that over 11,86,418 students would be exposed to the virus if they are allowed to appear for the exam.

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The appeal further contended that around 120 schools, which have been earmarked as examination centres, had been used to quarantine migrant workers during transit to their native places. The appeal also referred to the June 26 order of the top court with regard to remaining examinations of Class 10 and Class 12 of CBSE board as well as of ICSE board.

The appeal had sought an interim stay on the remaining examinations to be conducted on Monday and Tuesday. The petitioner before the High Court had also sought cancellation of remaining examinations to be conducted by CBSE due to COVID-19.