Upholding Karnataka High Courts decision to conduct exams
The Supreme Court first resolved the Karnataka case – Rajshree v. State of Karnataka. After a short hearing on 17 June 2020, the Bench comprising Justices Nageswara Rao, Krishna Murari and Ravindra Bhat dismissed the Special Leave Petition (SLP). The Bench agreed with the High Court of Karnataka that the State had taken sufficient steps to protect students. It allowed the board exams to proceed as scheduled between 25 June and 4 July.
The Supreme Court appeared to share the High Court’s view that ‘a writ court should be always slow in interfering with academic matters. These are matters which should be best left to the decision of the experts in the field.’ Both Courts evidently considered that education and health departments had more expertise than the judiciary on this issue.