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Justice Hari Shankar of Delhi HC recuses himself from hearing plea related to CBSE Class X exam

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New Delhi, Jun 28 (ILNS) Justice C Hari Shankar of Delhi High Court today recused himself from hearing the application seeking an interim direction to all the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to upload at public domain, the rationale document for devised criteria for the assessment of students of Class X.

The matter was listed before the Vacation Bench of Justices Shankar and Subramonium Prasad. Justice Shankar said he cannot hear the matter and directed it to be listed on June 30 before a Bench, of which he is not a member.

The interim application has been moved in the plea filed by Justice for All, an organisation of lawyers and social activists dedicated to the cause of common man and particularly to the rights of children relating to education and health, through Advocates Shikha Sharma and Khargesh B Jha.

The Court was of the opinion that the issues raised in the plea are substantial enough and require adjudication.

It was averred that the Board has not yet modified its arbitrary policy of moderation of marks for Class X students based on previous performance, which is in violation of Article 21 of the Constitution.

It was further averred that the present system of evaluation lacks transparency as the students have no option to know what the base of their evaluation is. In light of the above, the petitioner organisation sought interim relief in the form of direction to the schools affiliated to the Board to publish the rationale document for devised criteria for the assessment of students of Class X on their respective websites, before calculating the result and uploading the same on the CBSE portal.

It further prayed for a grievance redressal mechanism by the Board, wherein students could raise their grievances. ILNS/BG/RJ

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