NEET Mess: Lawyer Representing Candidates Seeks Urgent Listing of Petition in SC
Moneylife Digital Team 10 June 2024
A lawyer representing 10 candidates who appeared for the national eligibility cum entrance test (NEET) 2024 has written to the Supreme Court registry seeking an urgent listing of their writ petition for an investigation into the question paper leak, results of the examination. The plea also seeks re-examination.
According to reports, advocate Mathews J Nedumpara has written to the secretary-general of the Supreme Court for an urgent listing of the case before a vacation bench ahead of the counselling session.
In his letter, Mr Nedumpara informed the Registry that the petition had sought a "reconsideration of the results of NEET 2024, stay of counselling and other reliefs."
"The immediate relief I seek is the stay of the counselling/interview, which is scheduled as early as 12 June 2024 in certain colleges. Twenty-four lakh students participated in the NEET examination, and the large-scale fraud that the NEET exam has proven to be is a matter concerning their very careers. It is also a matter of great public interest," Mr Nedumpara's wrote to the Registry.
In a post on X (erstwhile Twitter), Dr Vivek Pandey, a social, political and RTI (right to information) activist, says, "Submitted an urgent hearing application to the Supreme Court seeking listing of writ petition regarding NEET exam irregularities. Hopeful for swift action to address the concerns of 24 lakh students affected by this issue."
According to Avani Bansal, a lawyer and president of Mahila Sevadal from Madhya Pradesh, the widespread rage against the corruption in NEET exam is only the tip of the iceberg.
In a post on X, she says, "Since 2022, we have been trying to get the matter heard in Supreme Court against National Board of Examination (NBE) - the body responsible for conducting NEET-post graduate (PG) exams. But the matter hasn't been heard so far! There was also a petition by students who appeared for NEET- PG in 2021 and there has been no hearing on that either, till date."
"The petitioners are doctors having completed their MBBS degree and are registered under the state medical council. The petitioners find serious mismatch in their scores of NEET-PG 2022. However, NBE refused to provide the candidates with an option to re-evaluate or re-check or re-total their scores in the answer sheets to null out the possibilities of discrepancy in their marks."


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