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《Challenge to UGC Guidelines in Supreme Court - Day 3》

Justice Ashok Bhushan led bench to shortly hear the plea challenging @ugc_india guidelines mandating universities to conduct final year exams by Sept 30 amid #COVID19

@advocate_alakh @anubha1812 #31StudentsInSCAgainstUGC
The three-judge bench of Justices Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah had asked MHA to make its stand clear regarding this and also parties to file a reply
Delhi Government had informed the court that it would not hold final year exams in state Universities #ugc_cancel_exam #ugccancelonlineexam…
Maharashtra government has informed the Supreme Court that the State Disaster Management Authority on July 13 had resolved to not conduct examinations in the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic #ExamsInCovidASuicide…
However, UGC has not budged from its initial stand and stated that exams needed to conducted by Sept 30 #finalyearexams…
Hearing to begin now #StudentsInSCForJustice

Senior Adv Abhishek Manu Singhvi to appear for final year law student Yash Dubey. @DrAMSinghvi

Adv Alakh Alok Srivastava to appear for the #31StudentsInSCAgainstUGC @advocate_alakh

Senior Advocate Shyam Divan for @AUThackeray
Adv Alakh Alok Srivastava: question is the constitutionality of the UGC guidelines. Delhi and Maharashtra was asked to reply but our concern is not the states reply but the legality of the UGC guidelines
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta for UGC: replies by Maharashtra and Delhi is contrary to the UGC guidelines. When UGC is the only body to confer degrees how can states cancel exams and expect UGC to confer degree

SG Mehta seeks time to file a reply to the affidavits filed by Delhi and Maharashtra govt cancelling the exams. Says SG can file reply by tomorrow
Justice MR Shah: Will the Disaster Management Act have an overriding effect on the UGC directive? You need to reply on this

Adv Shyam Divan seeks counsels to be unmuted by court officers.
.@DrAMSinghvi : We are not being unmuted and could not argue. The matter will be over without us even being heard !
SG Mehta: before your lordships assemble, the control room checks who are audible and visible. In this case the AoR should say that they should not be checked and senior counseld should be checked instead.
Senior Adv Vinay Navare: Kindly list our IA too which challenges the Maharashtra govt decision of not conducting the final year exams.

SG Mehta: Sooner this is resolved its better for students

Adv Meenakshi Arora: we have a different understanding to what SG Mehta submits

Supreme Court grants time to SG Mehta to file response to Affidavits filed by Maharashtra and Delhi. SG to also state if DM Act overrides notification by UGC. SC to hear the case on August 14.
SG Mehta submits that students have to continue preparing for exams and that if exams are not conducted, the students will not be granted degrees. "That's the law!" Submits SG

SG Mehta states that court will be taken through the entire scheme of the UGC on the next date of hearing.

Senior Adv Arvind Datar seeks permission to file consolidated replies so that all states point of submissions can be taken on record.

UGC guidelines for final year exams: Will Disaster Management Act have an overriding effect on UGC directive? Supreme Court seeks reply [Read full story] #UGCCancelOnlineExams #UGC #StudentsInSCForJustice #SupremeCourtOfIndia
Adjournment in the UGC case. Supreme Court to hear the matter on August 14.

#UGCCancelOnlineExams #UGC #StudentsInSCForJustice #SupremeCourtOfIndia
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