The Supreme Court’s Vacation Bench of Justices Abhay Manohar Sapre and Sanjay Kishan Kaul, on Friday, June 30, issued notices to respondents on a petition challenging award of bonus marks by the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras to candidates who appeared for Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) 2017. The respondents are the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Union of India and IIT-M.
The JEE was conducted for seven Zonal Coordinating (ZC) IITs under the guidance of the Joint Admission Board (JAB), 2017 on May 21 by IIT-M, and the decision of awarding bonus marks was taken by it only.
The petitioner, Aishwarya Agarwal, a resident of Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, has challenged the award of bonus marks as clearly arbitrary and violative of the rights of the candidates who successfully solved the said questions. It was in pursuance of these bonus marks that a final answer key was published by IIT-M on June 10 and final result was declared on June 11. The SC bench directed the respondents to respond within a week on why the bonus marks awarded cannot be scrapped.