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Supreme Court defers hearing on petitions seeking scrapping of NEET-UG to July 18

In order to enable the parties to peruse the replies, the Bench posts the matter for next Thursday.

Supreme Court defers hearing on petitions seeking scrapping of NEET-UG to July 18

Students outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan



Tribune News Service

Satya Prakash

New Delhi, July 11

The Supreme Court on Thursday deferred hearing on the petitions seeking scrapping of NEET-UG 2024 for alleged paper leak and other malpractices to July 18.

A three-judge Bench led by CJI DY Chandrachud said the Union of India and the National Testing Agency (NTA) had filed their replies but some of the advocates had not got the e-copies of the replies.

In order to enable the parties to peruse the replies, the Bench posted the matter for next Thursday.

The Centre has asserted that there was no indication of mass malpractice or local set of candidates being benefited.

The NTA has also said that Telegram videos allegedly showing photos of leaked question papers were fake and manipulated.

Citing a technical analysis of NEET-2024 data carried out by experts from IIT Madras, the Centre has told the Supreme Court that there was no indication of mass malpractice or local set of candidates being benefited.

In an affidavit filed in response to petitions seeking scrapping of NEET-UG 2024 for alleged paper leak and other malpractices, the Union Ministry of Education asserted that there was “very less likelihood of mass malpractice”.

Citing the results of the analysis done by experts of IIT Madras, the Centre said, “The analysis shows that there is neither any indication of mass malpractice nor a localised set of candidates being benefited leading to abnormal scores.”

It said, “There is an overall increase in the marks obtained by students, specifically in the range of 550 to 720. This increase is seen across the cities and centres. This is attributed to 25% reduction in syllabus. In addition, candidates obtaining such high marks are spread across multiple cities and multiple centres, indicating very less likelihood of mass malpractice.”

Both the Centre and the NTA -- which conducts the NEET-UG test – have opposed scrapping the examination. In an affidavit filed in the top court, the Centre said scrapping the entire examination would seriously jeopardise lakhs of honest candidates who didn’t adopt any unfair means.

In a separate affidavit, the NTA also opposed cancellation of the exam, saying it “would be hugely counterproductive and significantly harmful to the larger public interest, especially to the career prospects of the qualified candidates”.

Around 24 lakh students appeared for NEET-UG 2024 Examination conducted on May 5 by the NTA across 4,750 centres in 511 cities and 14 centres abroad for admission to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related courses in more than 700 government and private institutions to fill 1.08 lakh seats.

Highlighting several ‘red flags’ in the examination, the top court had on Monday made it clear that it would order a re-test, if it’s found that the irregularities were widespread.

The Bench had also directed the CBI to submit a status report on the probe into the alleged paper leak.

 

 

 

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