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Breaking: Supreme Court Vacation Bench dismisses Plea seeking cancellation of Rajasthan State Board Exam

Debayan Roy

The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition against the Rajasthan Government's decision to hold Rajasthan State Board exams for over 11 lakh Class X students from June 29 to June 30.

The Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna dismissed the petition as petitioners could not show any new instance of COVID-19 case in any of the exam centres.

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.

During the special Sunday evening hearing, the Bench stated that the Rajasthan High Court order under challenge was passed on May 29 and since then there has been no new COVID19 case in exam halls.

It also stated that the state government will take necessary precautions as per the national guidelines and regulations.

The top court also refused to interfere in the matter in light of the recent judgment by Justice L Nageshwara Rao in Rajshree versus State of Karnataka where the court held that there would be minimum interference by Supreme Court in academic matters.

The plea sought to cancel the Karnataka state board exams.

The petitioner has not referred to even a single instance in this Special Leave Petition to highlight the deficiency of facilities or for that matter flouting of any protocol specified by the Central Government or State Government in any examination centre, whilst conducting such examination during the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

Reads SC order

The hearing, which lasted over 15 minutes, was about a plea by Maghi Devi, a resident of Bikaner and parent of an aggrieved student who had moved the Court on Sunday itself 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 plea stated that over 11,86,418 students would be exposed to the virus if they are allowed to appear for the exam.

Petitioner had further stated that most of the papers were over in March and that for two remaining papers exam would be held on June 29 and June 30.

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