New Delhi: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) Monday knowledgeable the Supreme Court docket that it has determined to not maintain the CA examination this semester (Might cycle), and postponed it until November in opposition to the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic.
The Might cycle of exams have been scheduled between July 29 and August 16.
ICAI’s counsel advised a bench comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna that the Might cycle examination might be merged with the November 2020 cycle.
The bench noticed that as per affidavit filed on July 6, the examination schedule in July has been cancelled.
As Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, representing the petitioner, submitted there are particular features in reference to the CA examinations, the apex courtroom, disposing of the petition, famous that liberty is granted to the petitioner to make a illustration to the ICAI concerning different strategies/points, and the ICAI might resolve it on deserves.
The bench stated the choice ought to be taken ideally inside 4 weeks after receiving the copy of the illustration.
The petitioner has argued for extra examination centres throughout the nation.
On June 29, the apex courtroom had advised the ICAI to be versatile and take into account permitting college students to decide out of the exams, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Don’t be rigid, be flexible. Show some concern for the students,” it stated, noting that the choice of change of centres ought to be made accessible for the scholars as a way to keep away from journey, and issues can’t be inflexible because the state of affairs is evolving.
The ICAI counsel had sought time to difficulty contemporary pointers in reference to the present cycle of the CA exams slated this 12 months. Counsel contended that there are 567 check centres, that are sanitised correctly, and it can not change the centres now.
The bench replied that the choice to alter ought to be there, if in case the realm turns into a containment zone. “This option should be kept open till the last week… the situation is not static. It is dynamic,” famous the bench.
To this, the ICAI counsel stated the SOP is in place, authorities will shift the centre in case there’s a containment zone.
The bench additionally requested the ICAI that if a candidate in a containment zone is pressured to look in an examination solely in November, then might it’s counted as showing in July.
The ICAI counsel contended earlier than the courtroom that the issues of the petitioner are unfounded in reference to the decide out choice and the ICAI was sure by the Chartered Accountants Act. Counsel submitted if a candidate sends an e-mail saying he/she is unable to take the paper attributable to Covid-19, it won’t be questioned.
“It is a group of 4-4. They can choose to appear at a later date if they are Covid-19 affected,” contended the ICAI counsel. The bench then requested the ICAI to difficulty contemporary pointers incorporating the strategies made by it and posted the matter for additional listening to in July. “ICAI counsel may take instructions and file the modified draft notification setting out the changes,” stated the highest courtroom.
A PIL was filed by the President of the India Vast Dad and mom Affiliation searching for quashing of the notification issued by the ICAI permitting chartered accountant aspirants to decide out of the exams this 12 months.
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