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SC issues notice on plea seeking cancellation of NEET-UG 2024 counseling, ET LegalWorld

SC issues notice on plea seeking cancellation of NEET-UG 2024 counseling, ET LegalWorld

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the National Testing Agency (NTA) and others on a plea seeking cancellation of the NEET-UG 2024 counseling and seat allotment process, which is expected to begin from July 6.

However, a vacation bench headed by Justice Vikram Nath rejected the request to postpone the commencement of the council by two days, i.e. till July 8, when the apex court is scheduled to hear the batch of pleadings, including motions to quash. of the NEET-UG exam.

The bench, also comprising SVN Bhatti, observed that the first phase of counseling would extend over a week and stopping the seat allotment process could result in irreparable loss of time.

After hearing the arguments, the apex court ordered: “Issue notice. Tag (with the batch of pending requests). Meanwhile, the learned lawyers appearing for the respondents NTA and Union of India may file their response within two weeks. The other defendants may also file their response on or before the next scheduled date.

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The case will be heard on July 8.

In the past, the Supreme Court has reiterated that it will not pass any interim direction to suspend the process of counseling for admission to medical programs following the NEET exam, amid allegations of paper leaks and other irregularities.

The plea filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava referred to the 2015 judgment in which the apex court had canceled the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) on the grounds of massive cheating and multiple irregularities and ordered the CBSE to perform a new test within four. weeks.

He said, “The petitioners also seek similar leniency from this honorable court in the present case as the allegations made on the similar NEET-UG 2024 are much more serious and serious than those in the AIPMT-2015. “

Further, the plea adds that it would be in the interest of justice, fairness and equity as well as in the interest of the future of around 24 lakh young students, to immediately cancel NEET-UG exam, to stay in consultation with the seat allotment process which is likely to start from July 6 and will be continued.

The petition filed in the apex court said that the NEET-UG 2024 exam deserved to be canceled in view of the statements recorded by the Economic Offenses Unit (EOU) of the Bihar Police, in which the accused categorically stated that the question paper was leaked and was provided to a few candidates a day before the actual exam date and the leaked question paper was identical to the NEET-UG 2024 question paper which was actually provided to them.

  • Published on June 21, 2024 at 6:35 p.m. IST

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