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Supreme Court dismisses petition seeking cancellation of NEET graduation exam

By PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking to quash the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, Graduation (NEET UG), held on September 12, 2021, on the ground that the examination was conducted in a fair and transparent manner. was not conducted from

The apex court dismissed the petition saying that cancellation of examination cannot be at the cost of lakhs of students.

A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao stayed the levy of Rs 5 lakh and observed that the petitioner seeks to set aside the NEET-UG examination and direct the National Testing Agency to conduct the examination afresh.

The premise is that the CBI has registered 3 FIRs stating that the candidates have been impersonated, the apex court noted.

“What kind of writs have been filed under Article 32? Lakhs of people have given these examinations? When people come to you (advocate), don’t you say that these will be dismissed with cost? Now you Want to cancel the entire exam? You argue, we will deal with it in detail and we will deal with you exclusively,” the bench also comprised Justice BR Gavai.

Advocate Ninad Dogra, appearing for the petitioner, submitted that the CBI has registered three FIRs and the exam papers have been leaked on WhatsApp.

The top court was hearing a plea filed by 20-year-old petitioner Saloni, seeking cancellation of the NEET UG exam held on September 12, 2021, citing alleged malpractices and conducting the exam afresh.

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