SC rules out fresh AIEEE

Court lets CBSE declare results

A vacation Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and C K Prasad did not find any merit in the plea made by NIT Jamshedpur’s former professor A P Sinha and some students.

It allowed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to declare the results, likely within a week, saying that about 10 lakh students who had appeared in the test, would suffer.

A separate Bench of Justices D K Jain and H L Dattu had on May 10 given clearance to the CBSE to conduct the examinations on May 11 again across various centres, by declining to interfere with the Delhi High Court’s order on May 2.

The High Court had refused to grant any stay on the test on the petition alleging violation of fundamental rights of some candidates who could not appear it on May 1 due to its rescheduling in view of reports of paper leakage and clash of timing with Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) entrance test. The apex court on Thursday declined to scrap the test held in two phases following the paper leakage.

According to the petition, many students could not appear in the test which was rescheduled and a single merit list could not be prepared on the basis of two separate examinations held on May 1 and May 11.

The CBSE had conducted the examinations again on May 11 particularly for those who could not appear in the test due to AFMC or any other administrative reasons.
Around 10 lakh students had appeared for the test and they would suffer because of fresh examination, the court said.

The petitioner had sought cancellation of the second exam on the ground that one was held in adverse and disadvantageous condition, marked by chaos in which 97 per cent of the total candidates appeared, while only 3 per cent candidates were being allowed to appear on May 11 in an undue advantageous position.

Following the leakage of question paper in Uttar Pradesh on May 1, the CBSE delayed AIEEE for two hours resulting in chaos and some students missing it due to AFMC test. The question papers were allegedly sold for Rs 6 Lakh in the open market at Lucknow. The Uttar Pradesh police has so far arrested one person in the case.

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