NEET UG 2021: The Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking cancellation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Undergraduate Examination (NEET-UG) held on September 12, 2021, due to alleged paper leaks and malpractices.
The result of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET 2021 is now expected to be released soon. The Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking cancellation of the NEET-UG 2021 exam held on September 12, 2021, and conducting a fresh examination for NEET-UG, in the wake of allegations of widespread malpractice and paper leaks. The Supreme Court said that instances of impersonation and paper leaks cannot be harmful to lakhs of students appearing for the examination. Hence, the NEET 2021 undergraduate exam held on September 12, 2021, will not be canceled.
Supreme Court dismisses a plea seeking cancellation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test undergraduate exam (NEET-UG) held on September 12, 2021, due to alleged paper leak and malpractices pic.twitter.com/S4tu1huOlo
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Terming the petitioner as “courageous”, a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai observed that “incidents of impersonation and paper leaks cannot be detrimental to lakhs of students who have appeared in the examination”. The court warned the petitioner that the entire cost of the court proceedings for filing such a petition may be recovered from you.
What happened in court?
At the commencement of the hearing, Justice Rao expressed discomfiture in seeing such a petition. He even asked the counsel for the petitioner whether he had ever considered dismissing the petition by recovering the cost of the court proceedings, as quashing the examination at this stage is a bold demand. The petitioner’s counsel further submitted that FIRs were registered in different parts of the country regarding the NEET UG 2021 paper leak, to which Justice Rao asked how some FIRs could affect the examination being taken by lakhs of students.
What was the whole matter?
There has been a discussion on social media for several days regarding the cancellation of NEET 2021. A petition was filed by various NEET UG exam aspirants demanding re-examination over alleged paper leaks. They were seeking the Supreme Court’s intervention as the petitioners had claimed that the preliminary inquiry had ‘irreversibly distorted’ the NEET UG 2021 exam. Dismissing the petition for cancellation of NEET 2021, the Supreme Court made it clear that the examination will not be canceled and the re-examination or any petition related to it will not be entertained.