NEET-UG row: Supreme Court to hear batch of pleas on 8 July

The Supreme Court observed that the sanctity of the NEET-UG has been affected and sought responses from the Centre and the NTA on the petition.

ByPTI

Published Jul 02, 2024 | 3:27 PM Updated Jul 02, 2024 | 3:27 PM

Supreme Court says if sanctity of NEET-UG exam is lost, re-test has to be ordered

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on 8 July, a batch of pleas related to the controversy-ridden NEET-UG, including those alleging irregularities in the examination held on 5 May, and seeking a direction that it be held afresh.

According to the cause list for 8 July, uploaded on the apex court’s website, the batch of 26 petitions would come up for hearing before a bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra.

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Undergraduate (NEET-UG) is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admissions to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions across the country.

The NEET-UG, 2024 was held across 4,750 centres on 5 May and around 24 lakh candidates appeared in it.

Initially expected on 14 June, the results were announced on 4 June due to an early completion of answer-sheet evaluation.

Allegations of irregularities, including paper leaks, have led to protests in several cities and sparring between rival political parties.

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Sanctity of NEET-UG affected

On 11 June, hearing a plea seeking that the exam be held afresh on the grounds of alleged question paper leak and other malpractices, the top court observed that the sanctity of the NEET-UG has been affected and sought responses from the Centre and the NTA on the petition.

It, however, refused to stay the counselling of the successful candidates for admission to MBBS, BDS and other courses.

On 20 June, the top court sought the responses of the Centre, the NTA and others on a slew of petitions, including those seeking the scrapping of the NEET-UG and a court-monitored probe amid mounting outrage over the alleged irregularities in the conduct of the all-India medical entrance test.

Hearing separate pleas on the exam on June 18, the apex court said that even if there was “0.001 percent negligence” on the part of anyone in the conduct of the examination, it should be thoroughly dealt with.

Grace marks cancelled

The Centre and the NTA had, on 13 June, told the court that they had cancelled the grace marks awarded to 1,563 candidates.

They were given the option to either take a re-test or forgo the compensatory marks awarded for loss of time.

The NTA announced the revised rank list on Monday after issuing the results of the re-test held on 23 June.

A total of 67 students had scored a perfect 720, unprecedented in the NTA’s history, with six from a Haryana centre figuring in the list, raising suspicions about irregularities in the examination held on 5 May. It has been alleged that grace marks contributed to 67 students sharing the top rank.

The number of candidates sharing the top rank in the NEET-UG reduced to 61 from 67 as the NTA announced the revised results on Monday, 1 July.

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