SC Dismisses Petitions Challenging Reconduct Of CBSE class 10, 12 Exams

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain petitions filed by students and others challenging an earlier decision taken by the CBSE to reconduct classes 10 and 12 exams after the question papers in certain subjects allegedly got leaked.

A Bench led by Justice S.A. Bobde said the Court cannot interfere in the discretion of the CBSE to conduct re-examination.

The petitions included one filed by 15-year-old Rohan Mathew to quash the decision of the CBSE to hold a re-examination of Class 10 Maths following reports of the leak of question papers.

Mr. Mathew, a Class 10 student from a school in Kerala, had argued that CBSE’s decision to cancel the Maths exam “merely on the basis of an unconfirmed apprehension” of a leak in Delhi has put the future of over 16 lakh students who appeared for the exam on March 28, in India and abroad, in peril.

Another petition was filed by two sisters, Anusuya and Gayatri Thomas, to strike down the decision taken by CBSE to restrict the re-examination of the leaked Class 10 Maths paper to Delhi and Haryana alone.

Supreme Court advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava had also moved the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into the CBSE question paper leak of Class 10 and 12 examinations, saying the incident reflects a collective failure on the part of the Centre and its agencies to protect the children and their future.

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