SC to hear series of arguments on July 8

SC to hear series of arguments on July 8
SC to hear series of arguments on July 8

Supreme Court of India

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court is expected to hear a batch of petitions on July 8 relating to the controversial NEET-UG, including those alleging irregularities in the May 5 exam and seeking a re-run of the exam.

According to the July 8 list of petitions uploaded on the Supreme Court’s website, the 26 petitions would be heard by a bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra.

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

On June 11, a petition seeking re-conduct of the examination on the grounds of alleged leaking of examination questions and other malpractices was heard. The court held that the sanctity of the NEET-UG had been compromised and sought responses from the Centre and the NTA on the petition.

However, the school refused to suspend the counselling of successful candidates for admission to MBBS, BDS and other courses.

On June 20, the Supreme Court sought responses from the Centre, the NTA and others on a batch of petitions, including those seeking scrapping of NEET-UG and a court-monitored inquiry, amid growing outrage over alleged irregularities in the conduct of the all-India medical entrance test.

Hearing separate arguments at the examination on June 18, The Supreme Court said that even if there was “0.001 percent negligence” It must be handled thoroughly by everyone taking the exam.

The Center and the NTA had informed the court on June 13 that they had canceled the agreement. 1,563 candidates were awarded a passing grade.

They were given the choice to retake the test or forfeit the compensation points for the time loss.

The NTA has announced the revised ranking list on Monday, after the results of the retest were announced on June 23.

A total of 67 students secured a perfect score of 720, a first in the history of NTA. Six of them were from a centre in Haryana and were in the list, raising suspicions of irregularities in the examination held on May 5.

It is said that good grades contributed to 67 students achieving the highest rank.

The number of candidates sharing the top rank in the NEET-UG competition has fallen from 67 to 61, the NTA announced the revised results on Monday.