A class XII student from a city school had to end up paying Rs 5,000 to get her exam results. The High Court issued the order for payment as a deterrent, so that students strictly adhere to the time schedule prescribed by the education authorities to pay fees. This student had failed to pay the exam fee on time and managed to write the exams only after the intervention of the court. The 17-year-old student had approached the High Court after her exam results were withheld. She had earlier approached the HC seeking a direction to the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) to accept her exam fee and allow her to write the exams earlier this year. In an interim order in April this year, she was allowed to appear for the exam. However it was made clear that the National Institute of Open Schooling shall not announce the result without the permission of the court. Her advocate submitted to the court that as per the earlier order she had appeared for her 12th standard exam and the result has not been declared. He sought for a direction to the NIOS to announce the result. The Assistant Solicitor General of India, C Shashikantha appearing for the NIOS argued that the student had failed to pay the examination fee despite notifications. The conduct of the student was not appreciable and no relief should be extended. The student had not complied with the calendar of events “and without any rhyme or reason has approached this court.” The HC in its judgement said, “It is not in dispute that the students are required to strictly comply with the time schedule issued by respondent Nos. 2 and 3 – National Institute of Open Schooling in conducting the examination. Merely circumventing the same, cannot seek for the relief on par with other students who have strictly adhered to the time schedule prescribed.” However since the student had already appeared for the examination and “the peculiar facts and circumstances would necessitate this Court to direct the respondents to declare the results of the petitioner, which otherwise would be adverse to the interest of the student in pursuing the career. However, the same shall be subject to payment of penalty of Rs 5,000 that is to be paid as a deterrent measure to avoid recurring of such incidents.” The court has warned that this case will not be a precedent for others.