The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order on a plea by the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission challenging the Allahabad High Court’s order directing the re-evaluation of the answer sheets of the candidates who had appeared for the state civil service preliminary exam.
The High Court had ordered the re-evaluation of the answer sheets of the candidates on the basis of the correct answer to the questions.
Reserving the order, the vacation bench of Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice Deepak Gupta made it clear that there was a limited scope of judicial intervention in the process of conducting exams where the answers are based on “reasoning and experience”.
“Wherever, the process of reasoning is to be employed for coming to a correct answer, the court should not take recourse of judicial review” in such cases, said Justice Lalit making it clear that courts could step in only when the conduct of an exam appears to be obnoxious to a common man.
The main exam is scheduled for June 18.
The court reserved the order that will be pronounced on Thursday (June 14) as lawyers appearing for the aggrieved students contended that they were assailing the decision making process and “Why students should be penalised for wrong answers in the answer keys.”
The lawyers for the candidates even cast doubts on the competence of the experts who prepared the final answer keys for the exams conducted in 2017.
Pointing to the three-tier moderation of the answer key, Justice Lalit asked if the aggrieved students wanted three tier of the court process and wondered where would it all end.