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NEET-UG Row: SC issues notice on NTA’s plea seeking transfer of case from high court

On June 9, 2024, members of the Indian Youth Congress held a protest in New Delhi against alleged irregularities in the NEET 2024 results.

Members of the Indian Youth Congress held a protest against alleged irregularities in NEET 2024 results in New Delhi on June 9, 2024. Photo credit: SHASHI SHEKHAR KASHYAP

this The Supreme Court of India issued a notice on June 14 Petition sought from all private parties to be transferred from High Court to Supreme Court on request of National Testing Agency (NTA) 2024 NEET-UG Line to avoid multiple lawsuits.

A vacation bench of Justices Vikram Nath and Sandeep Mehta took note of several petitions filed by National Testing Agency (NTA) counsel seeking cancellation of National Eligibility cum Undergraduate Admission 2024 Examinations, alleged question paper leaks and other malpractices are pending in several high courts.

“Notice is given,” the judge said, adding that they would hold a hearing on July 8.

Meanwhile, the NTA said it wanted to withdraw three other petitions seeking transfer of cases from the High Court to the Supreme Court as they related to the granting of grace marks to 1,563 candidates due to delay during the May examinations. .

NTA’s lawyer said the issue has been resolved and he will inform the High Court of the decision Cancel the compensation scores of 1,536 candidates and the subsequent order of the Supreme Court on June 13.

Amid the bitter row over the NEET-UG exam, the Center and NTA on Thursday told the Supreme Court that they have withdrawn the grace marks granted to 1,563 candidates appearing for entrance exams to MBBS and other such courses.

The center said they will have the option to retake the exam or forfeit the compensation points earned for the delayed time.

The exam was held on May 5 at 4,750 exam centers and approximately 24 million candidates took the exam. The results were originally scheduled to be announced on June 14, but because the answer review was completed ahead of schedule, the results were announced on June 4.

The accusations triggered protests in several cities and lawsuits in seven high courts and the Supreme Court. Dozens of students protested in Delhi on June 10, demanding an investigation into alleged irregularities.

As many as 67 students scored a perfect 720 marks, which is unprecedented in the history of NTA, with six students from a center in Faridabad in Haryana making the list, raising suspicions of irregularities. It is said that 67 students tied for first place because of grace scores.

The NEET-UG exam is conducted by NTA for admission to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions across the country.

(With PTI input)

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