14 Sep 2009

No consumer cases against State Education Boards: Supreme Court

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court has declared that State Education Board, by conducting Board examinations, is not rendering any service and thus no action would lie against it for deficiency in service under the Consumer Protection Act. 

The case had been filed by a student claiming compensation from the Board for loss of one year as the Board had given the same roll number to two students and therefore the result of one of them could not be collated. 

The Consumber Forums allowed the compensation but Supreme Court reversed the decision holding that conduct of examination was a statutory function and no service was being rendered. 

So much for the law, but what of the students who put in their days and night and appeared in the examination and because of this negligent attitude of the Board lost one full year. Where will they go now? 

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