CA’s May examination cancelled, to be merged with Nov cycle: ICAI tells SC

New Delhi, July 13

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) Monday knowledgeable the Supreme Court that the May cycle of CA examination, scheduled between July 29 and August 16, has been cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The counsel showing for the ICAI instructed a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar that now the May cycle examination could be merged with the November 2020 cycle of the CA examination.

The Apex Court was listening to by way of video-conferencing a plea which had challenged the ‘opt-out’ possibility supplied by the ICAI alleging that it “arbitrarily” discriminated between the aspirants in May cycle of CA examination.

The plea had additionally sought extra examination centres throughout the nation.

The bench, after listening to the submissions superior by ICAI’s counsel, disposed of the matter.

Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, showing for the petitioner, identified to sure facets associated to the CA examinations.

The prime courtroom instructed the advocate to make a illustration earlier than the ICAI on this regard.

On June 29, the Apex Court had stated that the ICAI must be versatile in conducting exams amid the pandemic and handle concern of candidates.

It had prompt that the choice for change in examination centre must be made obtainable to the aspirants until the final week earlier than the scheduled exams.

It had noticed that the state of affairs was not static and constantly altering and the ICAI must be versatile on the problems of ‘opt-out’ and alter of examination centre.

The ICAI’s counsel had earlier instructed the courtroom that out of round 3,46,000 registered aspirants, practically 53,000 have taken the ‘opt-out’ possibility.

The plea filed within the Apex Court had alleged that the ICAI had made an essential announcement on June 15 by which it “arbitrarily decided to discriminate” between the aspirants by offering an possibility of ‘opt-out’.

The ICAI’s counsel had instructed the courtroom that it has ensured that no prejudice is brought on to anyone by a notification issued concerning the examination.

The petitioner, president of the India Wide Parents Association, had claimed within the plea that the ICAI had said that college students, who had already submitted the net examination utility for May examination cycle, could be allowed to ‘opt-out’ and carry ahead their candidature to November 2020 examination cycle.

“It is respectfully submitted that Respondent No.1 ICAI has notified that for the students who choose the opt-out option, this attempt (May 2020) will be treated as cancelled/not counted. Thus, such student will be deprived of the May 2020, attempt, as compared to another group of students, who choose the opt-in option,” the plea had stated, whereas searching for quashing of the announcement made on this regard on June 15.

“The said ‘opt-out’ option discriminates between those underprivileged group of CA students/ aspirants, who are living in remote areas of the country or living in the containment zones and thus are slated to lose one precious ‘examination attempt’ by choosing ‘opt-out’ option amidst ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as compared to that privileged group of students/ aspirants, who are living in big cities/ green zones and thus they have no problem in appearing in the said examination,” it had stated.

It had stated that free transportation and lodging must be supplied to the aspirants close to their respective examination centres.

It had additional sought instructions to the authorities to conduct necessary free COVID-19 check of all aspirants and lecturers and staffs deployed on the examination centres. PTI

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