A total of 6,000 students have written to the Chief Justice of India urging him for urgent listing of PIL filed by the CA students. Citing the second wave of COVID-19 virus, the group of CA students raise concerns that have been raised before the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India but the institute has failed to address, the letter reads. The CA aspirants have urged CJI Ramana to take Suo motu cognizance of this letter and hear it along with an earlier-filed PIL seeking opt out option for students and direct ICAI to increase attempts for old course students.
Students through the letter put forward their demands to CJI NV Ramana. Students outlined the Opt-out facility which later provided by the ICAI releasing detailed guidelines. Aside from it, a large section of students has been urging ICAI to postpone the July 2021 scheduled CA exams.
"Opt-out option for the upcoming CA exams, wherein a student who is not able to appear for the upcoming exams either because of contracts of COVID-19 virus or for any other medical emergency in the family or for some other reason due to pandemic, then he can opt-out for the exam cycle and appear for the next exam cycle i.e November 2021. The same facility was provided to the students who were appearing for CA Exams November 2020 cycle," the letter to the CJI reads.
Further, it has been added that at the time for May 2020 exam cycle, a PIL was filed in the Supreme Court of India by Advocate Anubha Shrivastava Sahai wherein during the course of arguments on 29th June, the court strongly objected for not providing opt-out facility for till the last paper and suggested the institute to provide the same.
ICAI on the other hand has clarified that it will conduct CA Final, Foundation, and Intermediate exams as per the schedule. The institute on Monday, June 21 released the admit cards for the students appearing for the exams. Taking cognizance of the student's demand, ICAI released Opt-out scheme guidelines ahead of the exams starting on July 5, 2021.