SC Orders IIT-Bombay To Return Seat To Orphan Who Lost It Because Of One Wrong Click


Last month, an 18-year-old boy named Siddhanth Batra had lost his IIT-Bombay seat due to an accidental wrong click. While checking for updates online, he had mistakenly clicked on a link which read “Withdraw from seat allocation and further rounds.”

IIT-Bombay had said that they couldn’t reverse the loss and if Siddhanth wanted admission, he’d have to try again next year. The boy then moved to court, filing a petition saying that the institute’s decision means he’d have to lose out on one whole year.

However, in a fortunate turn of events, the Supreme Court has ordered an exception to be made for Siddhanth. According to Hindustan Times, the boy has been allowed admission to IIT-Bombay for the Electrical Engineering course.

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According to News18, the bench comprising of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy asked IIT-Bombay to regularise Siddhanth’s admission and allow him to attend classes like the other students.

“By interim order, we direct that the petitioner should be permitted to join the respondent-institution and pursue his course subject to fulfilment of all other formalities,” the court said.

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Congratulations to Siddhanth on finally getting admission to IIT-Bombay!

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