The Central Board of Secondary Education or the CBSE has released a statement where it has said that the board is already complying with Right to Information Act rules for charging fee for photocopies of answer sheets. The board has also clarified that the "the media reports have been misrepresenting facts and publishing news" following a latest Supreme Court ruling on its position in regard to charging fees for photocopies of answer sheets under RTI rules.
"It is therefore pertinent to clarify that CBSE is already complying with RTI rules for charging fee for photocopies of answer sheets," the Board statement said.
“The order of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India dated 29.10.2018 is reproduced here for public information: “It is stated that for furnishing photocopies of the answer-sheets fee as per the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005 and Rules is being charged whereas if re-verification/re-valuation/re-totalling/re-checking of the answer-sheets/scripts along with the photocopies thereof is sought, fee as per the CBSE Regulations is charged.
Consequently, all similar applications have been closed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court. As the RTI Act does not stipulate re-valuation/re/totalling of marks, the candidates who desire to have their answer sheets re-evaluated or their marks re-totalled, have to go through a separate procedure which requires them to pay the fee as prescribed by the Board,” the statement reads.
The contempt plea against the CBSE said that the board has deliberately disobeyed the directions of the Supreme Court. The top court in 2016 had said that the board should 'scrupulously' follow its 2011 verdict holding that the students have the fundamental and legal right to access their evaluated answer-sheets under the Right to Information Act.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph accepted the submissions of senior advocate Maninder Singh, who appeared for the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE), that the apex court order was being followed.