ICAI still not sure if it’s possible to conduct
The Supreme Court (SC) granted time to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) to contact all the exam centres to assess whether exams for CA July 2020 exam cycle can be held at all amid of COVID-19 pandemic.
Senior Counsel Ramji Srinivasan representing the ICAI told the Court that between the previous date of hearing, 29th June 2020 and now, the number of COVID-19 cases PAN-India has risen substantially. Many States have recorded a spike in the positive cases and therefore, the institute would require to assess if the exam can be held at this time at all.
The ICAI sought for time to contact the exam centres across all States to assess the possibility and feasibility of conducting CA exams for May 2020 exam cycle in the amid growing COVID-19 cases.
The Court was informed to SC that the ICAI had made all provisions for safety and hygiene at all the exam centres and efforts would be made to accommodate students at different exam centres should the one they chose for falls within a containment zone.
The Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari, and Sanjiv Khanna adjourned the hearing in this case of CA Exam going to held from 29th July 2020 till next week.
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Supreme Court reminds ICAI counsel that the top court had stated in the last hearing how on the ground situation was “dynamic” and not “static”.
In the previous hearing, the institute had sought time from the Court to frame new draft guidelines and rules for this cycle of exams and place it before the Court.
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