The Supreme Court has disposed of a contempt plea against the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) after its submission stating to provide the answer sheet copies at Rs 2 per page to the students under the Right To Information (RTI) Act.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, justice S K Kaul and K M Joseph has accepted the submissions of senior advocate Maninder Singh on behalf of the CBSE, that the apex court’s order was being followed.
The contempt petition claimed that exorbitant fees were being charged by the CBSE from students violating court’s order for accessing the answer sheets under the RTI. The court disposed of the petition after the board’s response to the contempt plea. The response by the CBSE stated that it would provide answer sheets at Rs 2 per page to students as per the order of the Supreme Court.
The contempt petition was filed by Whistle for Public Interest (WHIP), an organisation of young lawyers that claim to be working for promoting transparency and accountability in the affairs of public authorities in India.
It was alleged that CBSE has been charging as much Rs 1,000 for Class 10 students and Rs 1,200 for Class 12 students who sought copies of their answer sheets and revaluation of the same under the transparency law.
The contempt plea has alleged that the CBSE has willfully and deliberately disobeyed the directions of the apex court, which had in 2016 said that the board should ‘scrupulously’ follow its 2011 verdict holding that the students have the fundamental and legal right to access their evaluated answer-sheets under the Right to Information Act.