HC directs BSE to pay Rs 3L for wrong evaluation

Cuttack: In a significant judgment, the Orissa High Court on Wednesday directed the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha to pay Rs 3 lakh compensation to an examinee for wrong evaluation of his answer papers in the annual High School Certificate (HSC) examinations- 2013.
The Board should pay the amount to Sumant Panigrahi to compensate the loss of an academic session and social humiliation the student suffered, single judge bench of Justice B N Mohapatra ruled.
Panigrahi of Basudevpur area in Bhadrak district stumbled upon his HSC mark sheet after finding six  marks in Mathematics. Though he had performed well in the examination and expected at least 90%, he could not believe himself.
He, after being advised by his well wishers applied for rechecking of the paper. But to his utter dismay the Board did not pay any attention to his application, Panigrahi said.
Finding no way out, when he knocked the HC doors, the Board did a rechecking of the petitioner's answer sheet and came out with a fresh mark list during the trial. Interestingly, Panigrahi had secured 89 marks in the paper , a delighted Sumant said.
The HC meanwhile disposed off the case suggesting that the petitioner can file a writ petition seeking compensation from the Board. Following this, Panigrahi filed a petition with the court and sought compensation of Rs 5 lakh.
Adjudicating over the matter Justice Mohapatra asked the Board to pay Rs 3 lakh to Panigrahi for the mental agony he endured due to the wrong evaluation of his Math paper.