Supreme Court assures relief to an IIT Bombay student who accidentally withdrew admission

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Shweta Tambade

An 18-year-old student who was about to lose a seat at IIT Bombay was granted relief after the Supreme Court instructed the institute to admit him in an engineering course.

Siddhant Batra, a resident of Agra, has lost his seat for the four-year engineering course after he had ‘mistakenly’ clicked on a ‘wrong’ link.

The bench consisting of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Dinesh Maheshwari, and Hrishikesh Roy said,

“List in the reopening miscellaneous week after the winter recess. In the meantime, by interim order, we direct that the petitioner should be permitted to join the respondent-institution and pursue his course subjects to fulfillment of all other formalities.”

Advocate Pralhad Paranjpe, representing Batra asked IIT to consider his case on humane grounds.

After the death of the parents, Batra lived with his grandparents and had worked very hard to clear the IIT-JEE exam. He also submitted that he lost his father at a young age and lost his mom in 2018.

The counsel representing IIT Bombay, drew the Supreme Court’s attention to rule 46 to note that Batra had halted his seat and completed the process as per the rule.

Challenging the Bombay High Court, Siddhant Batra moved to the Supreme Court when Bombay HC dismissed his plea on 23rd November saying that it could not intervene at this stage as all the seats for the course were full.

As submitted by the IIT Bombay, the High Court emphasized that the rules of admission were to be followed, and he could apply for the JEE Advance next year.

“The withdrawal is stated to be thus an apparent mistake,” Batra’s counsel submitted in the Supreme court.

Batra had secured an All India Rank of 270 in JEE Advance.

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