Supreme Court to hear batch of 38 NEET petitions today

The Supreme Court on Monday will hear a batch of petitions regarding the medical entrance exam NEET-UG 2024.

The pleas include those seeking a direction from the court for conducting the exam afresh, alleging irregularities and malpractices in the May 5 test.

A bench led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, along with Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra, will review 38 petitions related to the exam, a nationwide test for admissions to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, and other medical courses in both government and private institutions across India.

The allegations of irregularities, including paper leaks and discrepancies in granting grace marks, have sparked protests and political outcry by the opposition across India.

An unprecedented 67 students initially scored a perfect 720, with suspicions of irregularities arising from six top scorers being from a single centre in Haryana. The results were announced on June 4, 10 days prior to the scheduled date.

The government and the National Testing Agency (NTA), which administers NEET-UG, have argued against scrapping the exam, citing the lack of evidence for a large-scale breach of confidentiality and the potential negative impact on thousands of honest candidates.

The Union Education Minister, in its affidavit to the court, said, “It is also submitted that at the same time, in the absence of any proof of any large-scale breach of confidentiality in a pan-India examination, it would not be rational to scrap the entire examination and the results already declared.”