New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned hearing on a plea seeking its direction for postponement of July-scheduled Chartered Accountancy (CA) examinations if adherence to Covid protocols can not be ensured. Besides deferring the exams, the plea has also sought the top court’s direction for an opt-out option, extra attempt and increased exam centres for the forthcoming session of ICAI CA examinations scheduled to begin from July 5. The plea, filed by Child Right Activist Anubha Shrivastava Sahai will now be heard by a three-judge Bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Aniruddha Bose on Tuesday.Also Read - Maharashtra Live: Harish Salve To Appear For Shinde Camp, Sibal-Singhvi To Represent Uddhav in SC

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12:06 PM: Bench asked ICAI counsel to take instructions on a suggestion made by Arora.

12:05 PM: “If candidates can have options within the centres then it will be helpful since exams are going to start on July 5. Let ICAI take instructions on that”, Arora, appearing for petitioners requests.

12:01 PM: “If I could place a few suggestions for the consideration of Srinivasan. What they have done is that they’ve unilaterally changed centred. The exam is on the 5th. If they could take instructions on that, I’d be grateful”, said senior Adv. Arora.

12:00 PM: Srinivasan: You can take it up with Item 41. Bench: We will take it tomorrow.

12:00 PM: Responding to Srinivasan, the Bench said,”We don’t have that note.”

11:59 AM: During the hearing, Srinivasan, appearing for ICAI said,” We circulated yesterday night a short brief note. We understand the urgency. I’ll address the Court after my friend finishes”.

11:58 AM: Sr. Adv. Ramji Srinivasan appears for ICAI.

11:58 AM: For petitioners, Sr. Adv. Meenakshi Arora is appearing.

11:56 AM: Hearing begins in the Supreme Court

11:49 AM: Item 37 is currently being heard. The matter will be taken up next, reported LIVE LAW. 

11:04 AM: Chief Justice of India NV Ramana observes two minutes of silence before starting his court and paid condolences to the family members of 77 lawyers of the top court who lost their lives to COVID19.

10:54 AM: The Bench will also hear another plea filed by 22 CA Students seeking directions to Centre & ICAI to have an Alternate Attempt for students who fail to appear due to covid & Revised SOP to be adopted across India.

10:38 AM: Hearing to begin shortly.

10:00 AM: Ahead of the hearing, petitioner Anubha Sahai, while speaking to a leading channel asserted that she is hopeful that SC will grant reliefs to aspirants.

09:30 AM: Only one hour left for the hearing. A three-judge Bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Aniruddha Bose will take up the matter at 10:30 AM.

08:28 AM: Taking to Twitter ahead of the hearing, petitioner Anubha Shrivastava Sahai tweeted,”We are seeking relief for CA Aspirants in Hon’ble SC. No offline exams till CA students are vaccinated. Exams were postponed last year too for safety reasons this year also can be deferred till vaccination and other services are resumed.”

08:07 AM:  The petition challenges the June 5 notification issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI) that stated that the exams would be conducted in July.

07:32 AM: What Plea Says? 

  • Apart from deferment of exam and opt-out options, the petitioner has sought directions for free transportation and accommodation for those aspirants who are not living in close proximity of their respective Examination Centres
  • The petitioner has sought directions for increasing the number of Examination Centres for CA Exams, to ensure that at least one Examination Centre is kept in every District of India and not more than 50 students are allotted one Centre.
  • Stand-by Examination Centre for those Centres which are likely to go into containment zone during the Examination.

07:20 AM: Earlier on Sunday, a group of 6000 students about to appear in the CA examinations, wrote a letter to PM Modi, urging him to take Suo-moto cognizance of several issues including the postponement of exams due to the adverse effects of the pandemic, extension of old course attempt amid other reliefs. “We students want to request our country’s most popular and students friendly Prime Minister sir to kindly take suo moto cognizance in this matter and allow us postponement for some days so that we students can appear in exams without any fear of chances of losing lives on our near and dear ones”, the letter read.