The Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking cancellation of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET). There were allegations of malpractice and alleged paper leaks in the examination held on September 12 for admission to MBBS and BDS courses.
Dismissing the plea, a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai said, “Cancellation of examination due to paper leak cannot be at the cost of lakhs of students.”
Advocate Ninad Dogra, appearing for the petitioner, presented the press clipping to the court, which stated that three FIRs have been registered in the matter by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The lawyer said that as per the complaint, the exam question papers were leaked on WhatsApp. He demanded that innocent candidates should not be harmed and the National Testing Agency, the exam conducting body, should be directed to conduct the examination afresh.
The bench said, more than 7.5 lakh candidates had appeared in this examination and it was not conducted at the local level but at the national level. So do you not think that such petitions should be dismissed with cost, the court said. The Court initially imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the petitioner for filing the petition. Later, on the request of the lawyer, it withdrew its direction on the penalty.