The exams were scheduled between July 29 and August 16; ICAI has conveyed to the SC that it will consult the states and examination centres across India
On Thursday, the Supreme Court was informed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) that it would reconsider the feasibility of conducting the CA exams amid the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the country. The exams were scheduled between July 29 and August 16, and ICAI has conveyed that it will consult states and examination centres across India in an attempt to address this concern. ICAI has sought some time from the Supreme Court on this matter.
The bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna conducted the hearing through a video conference. The court will hear the matter on July 10, and the hearing in this particular case stands adjourned.
Senior Counsel Ramji Srinivasan, representing the ICAI, told the court that cases of Covid-19 have increased substantially and some of the states have extended the lockdown period, which is why ICAI would require time to assess if the exam can be conducted at this time at all.
On June 29, the Bench had stated that the institute needed to be "flexible" at such a time, and asked it to consider extending the deadline for accessing the opt-out option till the last week before exams. The Court had suggested that options for change of examination centre should be made available to the applicants till the last week before the scheduled exams. All the suggestions were given by the top court considering the fact that an area may become a containment zone due to the Covid-19 scenario.
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