Supreme Court to hear pleas against CBSE re-exam

Student, others cite violation of rights

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a batch of petitions challenging the CBSE's decision to reconduct mathematics and economics examination for Class 10 and 12 respectively after leak of question papers.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said since many petitions have been filed on the same issue, it would list them all for hearing on April 4.

Separately, the Delhi High Court on Monday asked the CBSE about its plans, if any, to reconduct Class 10 maths test.

A counsel, representing Kerala-based 15-year-old Rohan Mathew, sought urgent hearing of the plea by the top court challenging the decision to reconduct the examination.

Besides seeking an independent probe into the leak, the student has also sought a direction to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to declare the results on the basis of the examinations already conducted.

The CBSE had on March 30 announced that it would reconduct the examination for economics for Class 12 throughout the country on April 25.

The board also said that a fresh test for Class 10 mathematics paper may be held only in Delhi, NCR and Haryana.

Violation of rights

Mathew and two others have moved the top court seeking quashing of the CBSE's decision to reconduct Class 10 mathematics examination on several grounds, including violation of their fundamental rights.

Earlier, another plea was filed in the apex court by Reepak Kansal, a resident of Shakarpur here, challenging CBSE's decision to cancel and reconduct examinations over suspicion of question paper leak.

He contended that 16,38,428 students appeared for Class 10 and 11,86,306 for Class 12 in the CBSE examinations. To penalise the whole student community for an incident which is under investigation and without completion of that investigation/enquiry would affect the fundamental rights of students, besides being arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional, it stated.

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