KCET 2020: High Court refused stay, exam as scheduled on July 30, 31

In a setback to students and parents, the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, refused to stay KCET 2020 scheduled to be held on July 30 and 31, 2020.

Three petitions were filed in Karnataka High Court was addressing seeking postponement of KCET 2020 in wake of corona pandemic in state. The court heard the petitions on July 29.

However, the Karnataka state government has urged the Court to allow it to go ahead with the exams in the state.  In the end, the court refuesed to halt the exam and stated that the examination cannot be stalled in the last minute.

The High Court in its orders noted, 'Examination cannot be stalled.  All students who come to give examination should be allowed to write CET. The Court is only looking at the decision making process and not the decision itself.'

The case was heard by a Division Bench comprising of Justices Aravind Kumar and MI Arun as Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka was unavailable.

The petitioners reasoned that the present cases of coronavirus and increasing containment zones would create hurdles for the students. The questions were put to the government which assured the court that it was ready with the necessary transport for the students.

“Buses are available throughout all wards. If specific requests are received, then we would cater to them as well,” assured the State government.

As for the students who are travelling from the containment zones, the KCET Hall Tickets 2020 would also work as a pass and the students would be permitted to leave the zone for the examination.