This fight began four years back when a student approached Calcutta High Court to access his answer sheets under RTI. Though the court ordered the concerned college to do so, reacting to court's decision, the college authorities challenged the verdict.
Divya Jyoti Jaipuriar, a Supreme Court lawyer, was the student who had filed an RTI to get copies of his answer sheets but was turned down. "My application was rejected. I was told that it was a matter of national security. I don't know how it became a national security issue," says Jaipuriar.
With the Supreme Court delivering an order which has been welcomed by students across the country, 23-year-old Rajeev Lochan, an IAS aspirant, says that this ruling will actually help students perform better. "It will really help student who have given two to three attempts to see where they are going wrong and improve their methods," said Lochan.
At the moment there are four colleges in the country which allow students to have a look at their answer sheets. It remains to be seen how others deal with it.