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NEET UGC 2024 row: Supreme Court refuses to stay counselling process, sends notice to NTA

On Thursday, the court stayed proceedings in three high courts that were hearing petitions challenging the NEET-UG 2024 and calling for an independent investigation into alleged malpractices, including a paper leak and the award of grace marks.

NEET UGC 2024: Supreme Court refuses to stay counseling process, sends notice to NTA AJR
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First Published Jun 21, 2024, 12:36 PM IST

The Supreme Court on Friday (June 21) again declined to halt the NEET-UG 2024 counselling process amidst allegations of irregularities in the medical exam's conduct. Instead, the apex court has issued a notice to the National Testing Agency (NTA).

The Supreme Court has consolidated the new pleas with existing petitions and scheduled a hearing for July 8. On Thursday, the court stayed proceedings in three high courts that were hearing petitions challenging the NEET-UG 2024 and calling for an independent investigation into alleged malpractices, including a paper leak and the award of grace marks.

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A vacation bench of Justices Vikram Nath and SVN Bhatti issued notices on four transfer petitions filed by the NTA, which conducts NEET-UG, along with 11 other petitions raising similar concerns. These matters have been combined with a batch of pending cases on the same issue, which are also set for a hearing on July 8.

During the session, the counsel for the NTA requested a stay on the High Court proceedings. The court responded by instructing them to inform the High Court that a notice has been issued and the matter of the transfer has been filed.

This development follows the Supreme Court's decision to issue a notice on a petition by the NTA seeking to transfer all NEET-UG 2024-related pleas from the High Courts to the apex court, effectively staying proceedings in these cases before the High Courts.

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The bench, comprising Justices Vikram Nath and SVN Bhatti, emphasized that the matter has been tagged with related pleas and will be addressed comprehensively in the upcoming hearing.

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