The Supreme Court has issued a contempt notice to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for charging an exorbitant fee of 21,200 per subject for providing each answer script of the board examinations thereby violating rules under the RTI Act. The petition was filed by two advocates, Kumar Shanu and Parsas Jain, from an organization called the Whistle for Public Interest (WHIP) alleging that fees fixed for showing answer scripts was a violation of the RTI Act.
According to the petition, the answer script would fall under the Right to Information Act and the fees payable to obtain such answer scripts should be t10 as an application fee and t2 for each page of the information sought. The petitioners stated that the answer sheets were information under Section 2(f) of the RTI Act and therefore, examinees/students had a fundamental and legal right of getting access to their answer sheets under the RTI Act. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and K.M. Joseph asked the CBSE to respond to the plea within six weeks.
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