The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned till Thursday the PIL on the Class XII exams of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (ISCE) on a request by Attorney General KK Venugopal to give 2 days to take the decision.
A Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari took on record the Attorney General’s plea that “the competent authorities are examining all aspects of the matter and are likely to take its principle decision, which would be placed before the court on that date.”
It was hearing a petition by Supreme Court advocate Mamta Sharma, seeking cancellation of Class XII exams amid the Covid-19 pandemic as also done last year, noting the CBSE has already cancelled Class X exam on the same ground.
“You are free to take whatever decision. But there is a hope expressed by the petitioner that the police adopted last year can be followed,” the Bench observed, adding, “If government is departing from last year’s decision, then give tangible reasons.”
The government had earlier announced to take the decision by June 1 on the basis of the suggestions by the state governments, but the Attorney General’s submission indicates it may take two more days.
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