The bench was hearing a plea to cancel the class 12 exams of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) amid the pandemic situation.
New Delhi: Attorney General K K Venugopal has given advice to the bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari said "if the Centre decides to depart from the last year’s policy, so the board exams were canceled due to the pandemic, then it must give tangible reasons for it.
The bench of Venugopal said, “No issue. You take the decision. You are entitled to it. If you are departing from the policy of last year, then you must give tangible reasons for it."
According to the observation of last year’s decision was taken after deliberations, the apex court said, “If you are departing from that policy, please give us good reasons so that we can examine it.”
The two-judge bench was hearing a plea seeking directions to cancel the class 12 exams of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) amid the pandemic situation.
The hearing held through video-conferencing on Monday in which the Attorney General told the bench, “The government will take a final decision within the next two days. We are hoping that your lordships will give us time till Thursday (June 3) so that we can come back with the final decision”.
In the addition, Venugopal said that last year, board exams for some papers were over before the COVID-19 instigate national lockdown was imposed in the month of March 2020.
“We don’t want to go into the nitty-gritty at this stage. You take the decision. Hope has been expressed by the petitioner that the policy adopted last year can be adopted this year too. If you are departing from that, you must have tangible reasons for it,” the bench observed.