Supreme Court dismissed the plea seeking cancellation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test; undergraduate Says cancellation of the exam cannot be made at the cost of lakhs spent by the candidates.
On Monday, The Supreme Court dismissed the plea seeking cancellation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, undergraduate (NEET-UG) held on September 12, 2021.
The petition was submitted on the grounds of alleged paper leaks and malpractices.
The bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao refused to entertain the plea stating that the cancellation of the exam cannot be made at the cost of lakhs spent by the candidates.
“Lakhs of people have taken these exams? When people come to you especially), don’t you say that these will be dismissed with a cost? Do you now want to cancel the 20-year-old?
You argue, we’ll deal with this at NEETUG, and we’ll deal with you especially,” said Justice L Nageswara Rao during the hearing.
20-year-old medical aspirant Saloni filed the petition seeking cancellation of the NEET-UG exam, specifying alleged malpractice and paper leaks during the exam conducted on September 12, 2021. She also requested that the exam be reconducted fairly.
The petitioner’s advocate, Ninad Dogra, informed the court that five FIRs were filed in different states on the alleged malpractices in the exams and reported that the papers were leaked on WhatsApp groups.
The plea comes amid significant questions raised on the NEET-UG exam in various parts of the country in the recent past.
The Rajasthan police, on September 14, arrested seven NEET aspirants in connection with the leak of answer papers via WhatsApp.
A similar case was reported by the Varanasi police, who captured a King George Medical University medical student to leak the answer key.
The CBI found that a Nagpur-based consultancy was providing proxies for students for a fee of Rs 50 lakh.
Despite the argument that multiple First Information Reports have been filed, the court dismissed the petition, threatened to impose ₹5 lakh in costs and stated that it would not intervene in the NEET UG exam where 7.5 lakh students are set to appear.
Earlier on Wednesday, the central government and the National Board of Examinations told the Supreme Court that National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Super Specialty (NEET-SS) 2021 would be conducted as per the old pattern.
A new way will be implemented from next year onwards.