14 Jun 2024

NEET-UG exam-2024 result: Supreme Court issues notice to NTA on pleas for CBI probe into alleged paper leak; what Congress said?

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the National Testing Agency (NTA) on the pleas of students seeking CBI investigation into the alleged instances of paper leak and malpractices in the conduct of the NEET-UG 2024 exam on May 5 this year.

The vacation bench comprising Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Sandeep Mehta asked the NTA to file their response within two weeks and tagged the cases with earlier petitions filed on similar issues.

All the petitions will be heard on July 8.

The bench took strong objection to one of the petitioner’s plea that students in Kota were committing suicide.

The bench said, “Suicides in Kota were not due to NEET-UG 2024 exam results, "don't make unnecessary emotional arguments here", Justice Nath said.

When the counsel of one of the petitioners pressed for a CBI investigation into the alleged paper leak, Justice Nath said, “We will have to seek NTA’s response first.”

The counsel said that the students were seeking other "imminent" reliefs as well, such as NTA furnishing details of the entire examination pertaining to every candidate before counselling begins in July. "It's the future of 24 lakh students,” he argued.

Justice Nath, said that the court is conscious of the facts and all arguments shall be raised on July 8.

The matter pertains to various petitions filed in the Supreme Court alleging various malpractices and manipulations in conducting the NEET-UG exam.

As many as seven writ petitions have been filed in the apex Court which will be heard on July 8

NEET scam is Vyapam 2.0, alleges Congress

Further stepping up its attack on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, the Congress on Friday said 'NEET scam is Vyapam 2.0' and accused the centre of covering it up through Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and National Testing Agency (NTA).

Through his social media post X, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge demanded a reply from the government that if there was no paper leak, then why were 13 accused arrested in Bihar.

"If according to the Modi government, no paper was leaked in NEET, then why were these arrests made?" Kharge asked.

He said the Modi government has "misused" the NTA and "massively rigged" the marks and ranks, due to which the cut-off for reserved seats was also increased.

"It appears that a game of grace marks, paper leaks and rigging was played to deprive meritorious students from getting government admission at concessional rates," Kharge said.

Meanwhile, party spokesperson Pawan Khera alleged that the process of NEET is not 'neat', and reiterated the demand for a Supreme Court-monitored investigation into the NEET results controversy stating that the government cannot run away from its accountability.

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