Supreme Court Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, today on August 24, clarified all doubts regarding the news making rounds about Supreme Court likely to pronounce its judgement regarding the petition challenging the UGC guidelines to hold Final Year exams by the end of September, today. Several media reports claimed that the apex court may give its verdict on the matter today.
However, Advocate Srivastava took it to twitter at 11:10 am today and said,
“Dear #UGC Final Year friends,
- Today Supreme Court has NOT pronounced Final Order in our case
- As concerned Bench is not sitting tomorrow, now the order is likely to come on Wednesday (26th)
- We are trying to send our request to Hon’ble Court for early order
Will update again” In another tweet he said, “Some students may urgently approach their University or Hon’ble High Courts, seeking urgent stay on exams, till SC passes Final Order”
However, it must be noted that the Supreme Court is ‘most likely’ to give its judgement on August 26th and it has not been confirmed yet. This date is only tentative. No confirmation has yet been received from any official authorities.
The Supreme Court in the last hearing on August 18 had reserved its judgement and directed all the parties to file any written submission, if any, within 3 days. UGC has maintained its stand that no degrees can be awarded without conducting final examinations. However, the petitioners argued that conducting examinations amidst rising cases of Covid- 19 is unreasonable.