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Students have right to inspect answer-sheets: SC

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Last Updated: August 09, 2011, 20:26 IST

Students have right to inspect answer-sheets: SC

The evaluated answer-sheets will be inspected under Right to Information Act, said Supreme Court.

New Delhi: The examinees have a right to inspect answer-sheets under the transparency law, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled. The evaluated answer-sheets are covered under the definition of the "information" under the Right to Information Act, a bench comprising Justices RV Raveendran and AK Patnaik said.

It upheld the judgement of the Calcutta High Court which had said "rejection for inspection of answer-sheets cannot be sustained".

The apex court dismissed the appeals of Central Board of Secondary Education CBSE), West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, West Bengal Council for Higher Education, University of Calcutta, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and West Bengal Central School Service Commission which had challenged the February 5, 2009 judgement.

The apex court agreed with the findings of the High Court that the examination conducting bodies do not retain the evaluated answer-sheets under any "fiduciary capacity".

The Assam Public Service Commission and Bihar Public Service Commission had also joined in and opposed the disclosure of answer-sheets to examinees.

first published:August 09, 2011, 20:26 IST
last updated:August 09, 2011, 20:26 IST