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This year NEET 2021 is surrounded by many controversies and is regularly flashing in the news headlines. Recently, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) took place on 12 September 2021. Moreover, the news flashed that the papers were leaked by some gangs before the exam. To this many undergraduate medical aspirants filed a petition in the Court to cancel the exam and re-conduct it. The court declared that the exam won’t be cancelled in any way.
The plea of cancelling the NEET exam
The petition filed by the undergraduate medical aspirants regarding cancelling the NEET 2021 exam was cancelled by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court cancelled the petition on Monday, 04 October 2021. The plea sought its direction to the NTA (National Testing Agency) to cancel the NEET-UG 2021 (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Undergraduate) and re-schedule or take the exam again.
The Supreme Court Justices LN Rao and BR Gavai observed that if NEET is cancelled, lakhs of students have to suffer.
The petition filed by the undergraduate medical aspirants alleged that there was a paper leak and malpractices in the entrance examination. The petition also cited FIRs filed by CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation)which were related to the involvement of some coaching centres and paper solving gangs in the paper leak and malpractice.
It was stated in the plea that cheating is a matter which requires great concern as it is related to students’ future, also it is related to the security of the examination.
Moreover, the petitioners requested to hold the declaration of the results and that this matter was not solved.
Supreme Court dismissed the plea of NEET 2021 cancellation : A total of five FIRs were filled
Supreme Court decisions regarding the matter
The Supreme Court stated that the examination cannot be cancelled as it is a national level exam and approximately 7.5 lakh students gave the exams. Further, it stated that it cannot be cancelled just based on five FIRs.
The Court stated that how can an exam be cancelled which was given by around 7 and a half lakh students. It also said that they cannot interfere with the exam when such a huge number of students are involved.
The court imposed a fine of 5 lakh on the counsel but removed by giving a warning that even though the cost is not imposed this time but if any more such case came up the fine will definitely be imposed in the counsel.