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ICAI to SC: Will assess feasibility of conducting CA exams

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In view of the spike in number of COVID-19 cases across the country, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) informed the Supreme Court that it would assess the feasibility of conducting CA exams, scheduled between July 29 and August 16, 2020.

The ICAI’s counsel told a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar that coronavirus cases have increased and some of the states have extended the restrictions imposed amid the spike in the number of infection.

The top court was hearing through video conferencing a plea which has challenged the ‘opt out’ option provided by the ICAI to the candidates alleging that it “arbitrarily” discriminates between the aspirants in the May cycle of CA examination.

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The apex court, after hearing the submissions, said it would hear the matter on July 10.

On June 29, the apex court had observed that ICAI should be flexible in conducting exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic and take care of candidates’ concerns.

It had suggested that option for change in examination centre should be made available to the candidates till the last week before the scheduled exams considering the fact that an area may become a containment zone due to the coronavirus situation.

The apex court had said that ICAI should be flexible on the issues of ‘opt out’ and change of examination centre as the situation prevailing due to the pandemic was not static and continuously changing.

It has said that free transportation and accommodation should be provided to the aspirants near their respective examination centres.

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