New Delhi: In a big relief for Chartered Accountancy students, the Supreme Court on Monday suggested to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) to consider the candidates who are unable to appear for the exam to be considered as “opt-out case” even if they don’t choose the same.
A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna suggested this while hearing a petition filed by Anubha Shrivastava Sahai, the president of India Wide Parents Association, seeking a stay on the “opt-out” scheme.
The petition sought more examination centres, a stay on the “opt-out” scheme, and better precautions from coronavirus for about 3.46 lakh CA students, who are scheduled to appear in the May cycle exams, to be conducted between July 29 and August 16, Hindustan Times reported.
In response, the court told ICAI: “The situation is continuously changing. Even if a candidate has not chosen opt-out option if they suddenly come under a containment zone what will you do? You should treat candidates who don’t appear as opt-out cases.
“Don’t be rigid. Be flexible. Show some concern for these students. You are a professional body. You must take care of your candidates,” it added.
Notably, The ICAI had given its candidates, who had already submitted an online examination application for May 2020 examination cycle, the option to opt-out from May 2020 examinations and carry forward their candidature to the next examination.
The apex court also asked the ICAI to issue fresh necessary guidelines incorporating the suggestions put forward by the bench and posted the matter for further hearing to July 2.