The bench said: “How you client (student) is affected with the decision of not conducting a re-test.
New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Friday infor-med the Delhi high court that the decision not to conduct re-examination of the Class 10 Mathem-atics paper, which was allegedly leaked, was ta-ken after doing a trend analysis of Science, Ma-ths and English papers.
The CBSE said it was a considered decision and they cannot put lakhs of students in difficulty just for one student who wanted a re-test of maths.
A two-judge bench of Justices Gita Mittal and C. Hari Shankar posed several questions to the counsel for the student, who has been seeking re-conduct of the exam. The court asked the counsel for the student as to what was the difficulty and anxiety about the maths exam and why he was insisting on a fresh exam.
The bench said: “How you client (student) is affected with the decision of not conducting a re-test. When you are asking for such a radical relief, you have to see it in an overall perspective... They have done a trend analysis of not only maths paper but also science and English to see there are no spikes of leakage.”
The court, which listed the matter for July 23, noted that the petition does not utter one word on the prejudice caused to the student and that sometimes advocates must look at larger public interest. It said the counsel should call the student in the court as it wanted to know why she was seeking a fresh examination.
CBSE’s advocate Amit Bansal placed the records relating to the board’s decision not to conduct re-examination of Class 10 Mathematics paper. The court had earlier dismissed a plea seeking rescheduling of the re-examination of the Class 12 Economics paper, which the CBSE has decided to conduct on April 25 following an alleged leak.
The court had earlier disposed of a PIL in which NGO Social Jurist had sought that CBSE be directed to hold the class 10 exam in April, if required, and not in July as it had proposed earlier. NGO’s counsel Ashok Agarwal had said he was satisfied with the board’s decision of not holding the re-examination for the Class 10 paper.