Supreme Court allows NTA to release NEET UG 2021 exam result
The petitioners have alleged that they were handed over question papers and answer sheets with different serial numbers in the undergraduate medical entrance exam.
The Supreme Court of India has cleared the way for the National Testing Organization to declare the NEET UG result by suspending a previous Bombay High Court ruling directing the agency to reschedule the exam for two undergraduate medical students. The top court has ruled that the results of almost 16 lakh students cannot be delayed because of two pupils. According to the Bombay High Court judgement, the NEET test shall be retaken for two candidates, Vaishanavi Bhopali and Abhishek Shivaji. The petitioners have alleged that they were handed over question papers and answer sheets with different serial numbers in the undergraduate medical entrance exam.
The Centre has petitioned the Supreme Court, claiming that the NTA cannot disclose NEET results even if they are available. The federal government stated in its appeal that a delay in NEET results would impact undergraduate medical admissions. One of the pupils tried 160 questions, while the other attempted 130. The bench said that it would issue notice and stay the High Court judgement. It further added that 16 lakh students are eagerly waiting for the results and would see what can be done for these two students. It asked the petitioners that 'how come only two had a problem and could not finish the paper? As four students attempted 200 questions. But these two petitioners attempted only 130 questions?"
The Supreme Court has now served notice on the National Testing Agency. The case will now be heard again on November 12th. The undergraduate medical admission test has been dogged with scandal this year. The Central Bureau of Investigation had previously detained organizations that allegedly assisted students in answering test papers. Some medical students had petitioned the Supreme Court, requesting that it order the National Testing Agency to cancel and reschedule the exam since it had not been conducted reasonably previously.
However, the Supreme Court denied their plea, stating that because lakhs of students took the exam, the results could not be revoked due to few FIRs. Another recent event is that the Kerala High Court has ordered the NTA to investigate the suspected tampering of a candidate's Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheet.