NEET UG 2024: Supreme Court refuses to postpone NEET-UG counselling.

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The Supreme Court on Friday once again refused to postpone the counseling for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) 2024 for admission to MBBS and other graduate level medical courses from July 6 by just two days. The Supreme Court said that counseling is a process, not once open and once closed.

A vacation bench of Justices Vikram Nath and SVN Bhati made the remarks while hearing pleas seeking a CBI probe into the NEET UG 2024 paper leak and other irregularities and re-conduct of the exam by canceling the results. The bench also issued notices to the central government and the National Testing Agency (NTA) on these petitions and directed them to file a reply within two weeks. Along with this, the bench fixed July 8 for the hearing of the already pending petition along with these petitions.

During the hearing of the case, the advocate appearing for the petitioners requested the Supreme Court to stay the counseling process, which was scheduled to begin on July 6, for two days. The advocate said that the Supreme Court is going to hear all these petitions on July 8, so the counseling, which was to begin on July 6, has been postponed. The advocate told the bench that ‘I am not seeking to ban counselling, I am requesting to suspend it for two days.

On this, Justice Nath stopped the petitioner’s counsel and said, ‘We are hearing arguments in this matter from day one, otherwise don’t think of stopping you. He said counseling does not mean open and shut, it is a process which will start from July 6. Also, when he asked about the duration of the first round of counselling, he was told that it would last for about a week. The bench said that we are not postponing counselling. It also said that it has already been made clear that counseling and admission will depend on the Supreme Court’s final decision on these petitions.

The Supreme Court passed this order while hearing two other petitions besides Hiten Singh Kashyap and others. Hiten Singh Kashyap and others in the petition sought a CBI probe into the massive paper leak in the NEET-UG 2024 held on May 5. He also said that apart from this, other irregularities were committed in conducting the examination and declaring the results. Two other petitions filed in the Supreme Court alleging malpractice in NEET have sought annulment of results and order for re-conduct of the examination.

NTA will consider the report and inform the student.

The petition filed in the Supreme Court raised the issue of re-conducting the exam for 1563 students on June 23 and accused the NTA of concealing important facts. After this, the bench asked the NTA’s counsel to file a reply on this petition as well. The central government and the NTA told the Supreme Court on June 13 that the score cards of 1,563 students who were given grace marks on the basis of examination delay have been cancelled. It was also said that these students will be given an opportunity to re-sit the exam and for this the exam will be held on June 23. The government said that the score cards of the students who do not appear for the re-examination will be issued based on the May 5 exam without grace marks.

The petitioner’s counsel sought the Supreme Court to direct the NTA to allow a candidate suffering from any illness to re-appear in the examination. The petitioner’s counsel said that the petitioner had sent a representation to the NTA to allow the re-examination even before the decision was taken to hold the re-examination for 1,563 students. He said the petitioner had also filed a writ petition before the Telangana High Court. Also said that the High Court NTA had given a statement that they would decide on the student’s submission and based on that the withdrawal of his application was allowed. Also said that so far NTA has not taken any decision in this regard. Following this, the bench asked the NTA to consider the students’ submissions immediately and report the decision.

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