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Contempt petition filed against CBSE for charging exorbitant fee for answer sheets

Team SoOLEGAL 7 Jun 2018 10:30am

Contempt petition filed against CBSE for charging exorbitant fee for answer sheets

A contempt petition has been filed against the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) challenging the notification prescribing a fee of Rs 1,000 for Class X students and 1,200 for Class XII students for providing photocopies of evaluated answer sheets.

The petition was filed in the Supreme Court by Whistle for Public Interest (WHIP), an organization run by young lawyers to promote transparency and accountability in public authorities.

The petition alleged that the education board fixed fees is in violation of a Supreme Court judgement, in which it has ruled out that students have the right to access to answer sheets under the ambit of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

 “…the alleged contemnor even being the state-run education board and having the responsibility of educating a large section of the society, is blatantly violating law of the land laid down by this court. This wilful disobedience is not only resulting into infringement of the fundamental and legal rights of students every year but also the contempt of this court,” the petition stated.

Further, the petition claimed that the information of the evaluated answer sheets is retained by CBSE for only a limited period of 30-45 days before they are destroyed. And thus, requested the court to pass an order, directing the board to preserve the answer sheets till the plea is disposed.

 

Tagged: CBSE   Whistle for Public Interest   Supreme Court   Right to Information Act 2005  
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