The Madras High Court nullified the order of Tamil Nadu government of reserving 85% of the seats in the MBBS/BDS courses for the students of the state board while just 15% for the students of CBSE and other boards.
The High Court said that the order was discrimination among equals. Justice K Ravichndrababu said that the reservation violated the Article 14 of the Constitution, i.e., Equality before the law. The reservation would compromise the selection process. It would disturb the process of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
The government of Tamil Nadu passed this order on 22nd June. After this, some CBSE students challenged the order. Filed by Darnish Kumar, the petition requested status quo on the admission process.
The state government argued that the NEET was not in favor of the policies of the state. More than half of the questions were from the CBSE syllabus. The state board students were at a disadvantage. So, the order was made to bring equality in the all-India exam.
In argument the petitioners said that the apex court has clearly mentioned that if the admission is based on NEET, there is no difference whether the test was conducted by CBSE or any other state board. No reservations will be made on the basis of the boards.
According to the earlier schedule, the counseling process was supposed to be started on 17th July. The court has instructed the authorities to make a new merit list and conduct the admission process accordingly.
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