The Supreme Court rejected the petition to nullify the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017.
The bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra said that the nullifying the exam will affect around 6.11 lakh students who cleared the exam.
Justices M M Shantanagoudar and A M Khanwilkar, present on the bench, said that an interim order to nullify the test cannot be passed. The admission process for the medical and dental courses must continue. It would be very difficult to disturb the result.
The bench refused the petitioners request for counsel’s submission. The counsel had decided that a new exam should be conducted. According to the petitioners, in Andhra Pradesh, three sets of question papers were given. They argued that since an all-India ranking is declared, every student must get the same question paper. The bench asked CBSE to file its affidavit within three days.
The counsel referred to an order of the SC where the apex court stayed the order of the Madras High Court of restraining the CBSE from declaring the results.
Representing the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh mentioned that for the first time, the exam was conducted in eight languages, other than English and Hindi. He also added that the level of difficulty was same in all the sets. The board will put in an affidavit that there were two sets of question papers.
The bench refused to nullify the test or pass an interim order to vacate it. The next hearing will be on 31st July.
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