SC tells CBSE to follow 2011 judgement on answer sheets

SC tells CBSE to follow 2011 judgement on answer sheets

SC tells CBSE to follow 2011 judgement on answer sheets

The Supreme Court has directed the CBSE to “scrupulously” follow its 2011 judgement directing the board to provide copies of answer sheets to desirous students under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Prafulla C Pant did not see any reason to proceed for now, on a contempt petition filed by Kumar Shanu and others through advocate Prashant Bhushan, who claimed the students had to shell out as much as Rs 1,000 for obtaining copies of their answer sheet of one subject.

The court passed a brief order on the petition after taking on record the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE’s) response to the petitioners that the charges levied for providing copies of the answer sheets were not to “earn any benefit or deviate from the provisions of the RTI Act”.

In its landmark judgement in 2011, the apex court had held: “Answer sheet is an information and therefore, examinees shall have the right to inspect their answer sheets under RTI Act, 2005 and its rules made thereunder which prescribes Rs 10 as application fee for getting the information and Rs 2 per page for the copies of such information.”

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