Non-intervention with Rajasthan State Board exams
Justice Khanwilkar’s Bench resolved a similar SLP stemming from the Rajasthan High Court. On 29 May, the High Court had dismissed a petition demanding that the State Board cancel Class X exams scheduled for 29 and 30 June. It found that the Central and State Governments had put in place sufficient safeguards to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. The Supreme Court agreed. Citing the earlier Karnataka order, Justice Khanwilkar’s Bench placed the burden on the petitioner to show that the Central or State Governments had taken insufficient precaution.
With these two interventions, or rather non-intervention, the Supreme Court appears to trust the executive to make the right decision, insofar as conducting board exams go. Unless the Union or State Governments show a blatant disregard for safety protocols, the Court is unlikely to intervene in any similar future petitions.