Supreme Court Refuses Urgent Hearing on Cancellation of Medical Entrance Test

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NEW DELHI: On Thursday, the Supreme Court said no to give an urgent hearing on a PIL for crushing the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) examination for the year 2017 which is being conducted for the admission of MBBS and BDS courses and this examination was conducted on May 7.

A petition was filed by NGO Sankalp Charitable Trust, it is being suspected that the question paper of NEET was leaked on the examination date. The plea, which was stated before a vacation bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Navin Sinha, required a direction to conduct the NEET exam again as speculation is there that the test papers were leaked in Patna center of Bihar and also circulated in states such as West Bengal and Rajasthan.

Advocate Sachin Patel, representing the NGO, appealed a vacation bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Navin Sinha for granting an early hearing but the court gave negative answer saying that Madras High Court was already examining the matter and have asked the petitioner to wait for the result of the High Court proceedings.

On Wednesday, the HC had restrained CBSE for declaring the results of NEET after the incident of few students alleged that question papers in regional languages were different from the question papers prepared in Hindi and English.

The bench asked the lawyer to mention the case next week and said, “Whatever reasons you are giving, the fact is that there is an interim stay. There is an interim stay on declaration of results. The stay might be on different grounds but results will not be declared.”

The petitioner suspected that candidates from Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand got the question paper distributed in exchange of hefty sums and people who were involved in this leakage of question papers were arrested by Rajasthan and Bihar police.

The petitioner said, “Because in the light of above stated leakage of question paper, the said exam needs to be scrapped and fresh exam to be conducted by the CBSE. In the similar circumstances of leakage of question paper, this court had cancelled All India Pre-Medical & Pre-Dental Entrance Test, 2015 and directed fresh exam.”

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