JEE answer key challenged in Punjab and Haryana high court

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 24, 2016 10:01 IST

A 2016 Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) candidate for the Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs) moved the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday to challenge the answer key that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has uploaded online.

The high court has issued notice to the CBSE for June 6. Candidate Harasees Singh Nanda has received 155 marks, though he claims 165 on the grounds that “the uploaded answer key includes grave errors and does not conform to academic standards”. His advocates Sudershan Goel and Rupinder Kaur submitted that the given answers to at least two questions did not conform to the published material of even the NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training) and UGC (University Grants Commission). The counsels also referred to several other academic material of world repute to demonstrate that some of the given answers were wrong.

“Denying candidate marks for the correct answer is illegal and like penalising him for the CBSE’s mistake,” argued counsel Goel.

He added that though the CBSE recognised only the Delhi high court’s jurisdiction in disputes related to this examination, “jurisdiction of high courts under Article 226 of the Constitution could not be ousted”.

Since the petitioner took the examination in Chandigarh, he is entitled to approach the Punjab and Haryana high court, he has submitted. The court told the CBSE to reply by June 6.

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