‘Why did you come at the last minute?’ Supreme Court Denies Motion for One-time Easing to Appear for IIT-JEE (Advanced) 2022
“Why are you coming at the last minute,” the Supreme Court observed while denying a writ petition filed by an IIT-JEE aspirant seeking a one-time relaxation to sit for the IIT-JEE (Advanced) 2022 exam due a change in policy easing for candidates affected by COVID-19.
Before discussing the subject, Judges DY Chandrachud, AS Bopanna and JB Pardiwala asked if the plea was similar to an earlier motion filed regarding a similar issue.
“If we find that it is not different (from the other petitions accompanied), then we will reject it. Our time is also of value!”, declared the Chamber.
It was the petitioner’s case that in light of the disruptions and difficulties induced by COVID-19, the IIT Joint Admissions Board had announced a one-time relaxation of special measures for JEE (Advanced) 2022 for some candidate categories. However, he did not obtain the said remedy.
The claimant argued that he faced exceptional suffering as he lost his father to the deadly COVID 19 virus, which significantly eroded his family income to the level of 59,000 per year, which did not been included by respondents as part of the above. relaxation. Regarding this change, candidates who failed to pass JEE (Mains) 2020 and 2021 are allowed to appear in JEE (Advanced) provided they qualify Mains 2022.
However, the Applicant failed JEE (Advanced) 2020 and 2021 (qualified in JEE [Mains] 2020 & 2021) but did not benefit from the same advantage.
Before scoring the submissions, the bench requested,
“Why did you come at the last minute? ….. You knew from the start that you had COVID-19.”
The lawyer argued that there was discrimination because candidates who appeared for JEE (advanced) in 2020 and 20021 do not benefit from the relaxation.
“How can there be discrimination? he asked.
But the Chamber did not want to interfere in this matter.
“It’s a matter of politics. We don’t entertain. Fired.”
The Court also dismissed another motion which shed light on the plight of an aspirant who was unable to attempt 50 exam questions due to technical issues.
During the hearing, the panel questioned orally,
“You come on Friday when the exam is on Sunday. What were you doing between August 5th and now?
The Court further observed that it cannot receive petitions simply because there is urgency.
“You could have filed a writ…or offered letters patent of appeal. That’s why we (the Supreme Court) have been rendered dysfunctional in this slew of motions.”
The attorney appearing for the petitioner that he could not attempt 50 questions. At this point, the bench reiterated: “You could have gone to the High Court.”
“There are newspaper clippings, many individuals facing technical problems. Individuals deprived of a chance to take the IIT JEE exam..”, She argued, to try to convince the court.
The Court, unimpressed, dismissed the petition while granting the petitioner freedom to move the High Court.
In a similar vein, the Supreme Court today refused to accept applications asking the National Testing Agency (NTA) to hold additional sessions of the IIT-JEE Mains Examination 2022 for the first and second sessions which were interrupted due to some technical issues. .
After the bench expressed its reluctance to consider the matter, the petitioners chose to withdraw the petition.
“Let the exam take place on Sunday. We don’t want any more complications.”
Case Title: Nimesh Kumar v Union of India | WP(c) 687/2022