NEET-UG aspirants file petition in Supreme Court to stop government from cancelling the exam

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The fresh petition by 56 students was filed in the apex court a few days ago. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Over 50 successful NEET-UG candidates from Gujarat, including several who secured first rank, have filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre and the National Testing Agency to restrain them from cancelling the controversial exam.

They have sought direction from the apex court to the Union Education Ministry to investigate, identify and take strict action against students and others involved in unfair practices like paper leak and impersonation in the NEET-UG examination held on May 5 this year.

The fresh plea by 56 students comes just days after the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud is scheduled to hear 26 petitions seeking reliefs such as re-examination and probe into the conduct of the exam marred by allegations of malpractice.

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Undergraduate (NEET-UG) is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions across the country. NEET-UG, 2024 was held on May 5 at 4,750 centres and around 24 lakh candidates appeared for the exam.

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

The petitions seeking cancellation of the exam, re-examination and a high-level inquiry are listed for hearing in the Supreme Court on July 8.

The fresh petition by Siddharth Komal Singla and 55 other students was filed through advocate Devendra Singh.

It said, “The Hon’ble Court may direct the respondents (Centre and NTA) not to conduct NEET-UG again… as it would not only be unfair and harsh on honest and hardworking students but would also be infringing the right to education and hence violative of Article 14 (Right to Equality) of the Constitution of India.”

The petition has sought directions to the Centre and the NTA to identify and penalise examinees who have resorted to unfair means, identify centres and take appropriate action where “there has been any compromise with the guidelines established for the NEET-UG 2024 examinations.”

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first published: July 04 2024 | 4:29 PM Is

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