Supreme Court asks JEE (Advanced) 2021 aspirants to approach JEE (Advanced) office seeking accommodation to appear
The Supreme Court has today asked the JEE aspirants to approach JEE Advanced Office for appearing in JEE (Advanced) Examination 2021, in a plea seeking direction to allow those who have cleared the JEE Mains in their 3rd attempt, to be allowed to appear in JEE (Advanced) Exam.
A bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, and Justice CT Ravikumar said, "We'll not express any opinion, let representation be considered by R2 (JEE Advanced Office)."
The bench was hearing a plea challenging the ineligibility prescribed in Criterion 4 of Clause 11 of the Information Brochure, insofar as it renders candidates who cleared Class XII in 2019 as ineligible from being able to sit for JEE (Advanced) 2021 even after qualifying JEE Mains. The petitioner stated that the criterion is arbitrary and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.
The plea stated, "The Joint Admission Board’s decision to exclude the petitioners and other similarly situated persons from the relaxation given vide the 13th October 2020 Press Release is patently unfair, arbitrary and grossly discriminatory."
Whereas, the plea further added that "The Joint Admission Board meeting which was jointly organised by all the 23 IITs on 13th October decided to provide extra attempt to:
i) Covid +ve students who failed to attend the exam; and
ii) Registered Absentees of the exam"
It was contended that, "The JAB through this press release provided such students a direct eligibility for JEE Advanced Exam next year which means such candidates do not require to qualify JEE Mains examination 2021, which in the ordinary course is a sine qua non to participate in the JEE(Advanced)."
However, the bench said that it would dispose of the matter as the petitioners have approached the court without filing a representation before the respondents. The court further asked the respondent to consider the representation expediently.
Case Title: Tejas Babasaheb Veer Vs. Union of India and Anr.