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SC Holds Condition Which Barred Student Who Joined Iit From Appearing In Jee(Advanced) Valid For Preserving Public Resource

Lawstreet Journal 1 Oct 2021 7:00pm

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The Supreme Court has held that the condition which prevents a student who is already enrolled in an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) from taking the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) is valid in the case of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur ad others V. Soutrik Sarangi. 

BACKGROUND 

An appeal was filed by the IITs against the judgement of the High Court in the Supreme Court in which the Apex Court held that condition which is the 5th Criterion of Information Brochure of JEE (advanced) 2020 as a valid condition.   

JUDGEMENT OF THE HIGH COURT 

A petition before the High Court was filed by Soutrik Sarangi whose application for JEE (Advanced) was rejected based on the fact that he had been given admission in IIT-Kharagpur in the year 2020. 

The observation of the single -judge of the High Court was that preventing the plaintiff  from taking the exam on these grounds was illogical.  Another observation of the Judge was that the student who withdrew his admission from IIT was permitted to appear for JEE, however, a student who was competent enough to secure his admission in the esteemed institution was not allowed to appear. 

This kind of rejection according to the Judge was “hostile discrimination” and arbitrary. 

JURISDICTION OF THE SUPREME COURT

IIT appealed to the Supreme Court without availing their option of letters patent appeal before the division bench, which was used as an objection by the opposition. 

The Apex Court while overruling the preliminary objection of appealing… Continue Reading...


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