The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) on Thursday told the Supreme Court that there were operational difficulties in holding the CA Exams. The ICAI has sought time till July 10 to contact the centres and assess if the ICAI exam July 2020 can be conducted.
Supreme Court has granted time to the ICAI to sort out all the details on the conduct of the upcoming examination.
The Supreme Court’s bench of justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari, and Sanjiv Khanna adjourned the hearing in the case till next week after the Institute asked for more time for figure out the feasibility of conducting the CA exam and the next hearing of the case will be held on Jul 10,2020.
The apex court was hearing through video conferencing a plea which has challenged the ‘opt out’ option provided by the ICAI to the candidates alleging that it “arbitrarily” discriminates between the aspirants in the May cycle of CA examination.
“The option to change examination center should be kept open till the last week as the situation is not static. It is dynamic,” noted the bench.
ICAI has also informed the SC that proper arrangements have been made to ensure the safety of students and that it will be difficult to change the 567 centres. The institute said that if a candidate sends an email saying he/she is unable to sit in the exam due to Covid-19, it will not be questioned.
“It is a group of 4-4. They can choose to appear at a later date if they are Covid-19 affected,” the ICAI counsel maintained.
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The General Secretary of the institute Rakesh Sehgal also told the court that they will extend the opt-out facility to students wherever the coronavirus situation deteriorates but will not be able to change the exam centres.
The court had also directed the ICAI to issue fresh guidelines regarding the exams by incorporating the suggestions made during the hearing.
The CA examination scheduled for May is currently slated to be held from July 29 to August 16. due to global pandemic Cases in India is also increasing day by day, with over 6 lakh COVID-19 infections and more than 17,000 deaths.
On June 29, the SC had asked the ICAI to be “flexible” with the opt-out scheme and change of centre till the last week before the examination, since the situation is dynamic.