NEET row: SC to hear petitions on irregularities on July 8

The Supreme Court Bench, led by CJI D Y Chandrachud, will hear a batch of petitions challenging the alleged irregularities in the NEET UG 2024 exam on July 8.

The are pleas related to the controversy-ridden NEET-UG, including those alleging irregularities in the examination held on May 5 and seeking a direction that it be held afresh.

According to the cause list for July 8 uploaded on the apex court’s website, the batch of 26 petitions would come up for hearing before a bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra.

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Undergraduate (NEET-UG) is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admissions to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions across the country.

The NEET-UG, 2024 was held across 4,750 centres on May 5 and around 24 lakh candidates appeared in it.

Initially expected on June 14, the results were announced on June 4 due to an early completion of answer-sheet evaluation.

Allegations of irregularities, including paper leaks, have led to protests in several cities and sparring between rival political parties.

The protesting students at Jantar Mantar plan to march towards Parliament on Tuesday to demand action against irregularities in NTA exams (NEET UG, PG, and UGC NET). The sit-in strike entered its sixth day on Monday.

On June 11, hearing a plea seeking that the exam be held afresh on the grounds of alleged question paper leak and other malpractices, the top court observed that the sanctity of the NEET-UG has been affected and sought responses from the Centre and the NTA on the petition.


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